Commemorating the Battle of Britain Sun 16 September 2012 Scott Bacon Minister for Veterans' Affairs The Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Scott Bacon, has paid tribute to members of the Royal Australian Air Force and allied air forces who gave their lives for their countries. Mr Bacon today attended the wreath laying ceremony at the Hobart Cenotaph to commemorate the Battle of Britain. The Battle of Britain officially lasted from 10 July to 31 October 1940 and was considered a turning point of World War II with the Royal Air Force winning a famous victory over the German Air Force. "We do not just mark this day as the anniversary of the battle of Britain, it's a time where we remember all members of our air forces, who have fought in conflicts past and present," Mr Bacon said. "It's an opportunity to reflect on their bravery and sacrifice, as well as the lessons that can be learned from armed conflicts." Mr Bacon also paid tribute to members of the armed forces still serving in conflicts around the world. "We owe a deep debt of gratitude to members of our armed forces, who are continuing to serve their country, and our thoughts and best wishes stay with them," he said. Mr Bacon laid a wreath at today's ceremony on behalf of the State Government.