An ‘honour’ to be at memorial unveiling
Kendall Brown is still coming back down to earth after two trips to Europe recently on behalf of the Air Training Corps.
The Tawa 17-year-old was one of two New Zealand air cadets who attended the unveiling and dedication of a memorial to RAF Bomber Command by Queen Elizabeth last month. He joined 33 Kiwi veterans at the ceremony in London, and says it was an honour to be there.
‘‘ There were cadets there from Britain and across the Commonwealth. This was one of the best things I’ve ever achieved, talking with the veterans, hearing their stories, helping them when I could.’’
The unveiling was marked with a fly-by of Typhoon aircraft, and a Lancaster dropping one million poppies over London.
‘‘The poppy drop sent a real shiver down my spine and just that feeling when the Last Post echoed out over the park. I won’t forget that ceremony in a long, long time.’’
Kendall, a warrant officer with No 41 Squadron (City of Porirua), was back in New Zealand for only a week before travelling to Belgium for three weeks as part of the annual International Air Cadet Exchange.
Kendall, who has ambitions to be an RNZAF pilot, says the highlight was flying an F-16 simulator.
‘‘It was an amazing trip.’’
High flyer: Warrant officer Kendall Brown.