Jill Davies, the daughter of Graduate British Pilot Officer Edward Owen “Ted” Hawkes traveled back from Great Britain once again to her father's and now her beloved Miami to serve as the honored guest speaker for the ceremony this year.

MIAMI - “We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when, but I know we'll meet again some sunny day. Keep smiling through, just like you always do 'till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away,” Korben Frisbie sang as the British, American and Oklahoma flags flapped in the Oklahoma wind, and there wasn't a dry eye in the crowd gathered.

'Lest we Forget,' was the theme of this year's British Flyer Remembrance Ceremony at the G.A.R. Cemetery on Saturday in Miami. The annual event honors the 15 Royal Air Force pilots who died in training from 1941 to 1945 while attending the British Flying Training School # 3, a Miami branch of the Spartan School of Aeronautics that operated here the early 1940s.

Jill Davies, the daughter of Graduate British Pilot Officer Edward Owen “Ted” Hawkes traveled back from Great Britain once again to her father's and now her beloved Miami to serve as the honored guest speaker for the ceremony this year.

Hawkes trained with the 24th Class of Royal Air Force in Miami and went on to fly in World War II. Davies was told many stories by her late father of the welcoming reception of the area's residents and the warm hospitality received by the young cadets while stationed here. She has made her own pilgrimages back to America to connect with some of those resident's descendants and explore the area herself to see the place her father spoke so fondly of during his stay.

Davies read a beautiful poem she wrote for the occasion, “Follow in her Father's Footsteps,” expressing her discovery of the same welcome and hospitality from Miami friends.

Honors were also bestowed by the Marine Corps League, Quapaw Honor Guard, The City of Tulsa Pipes and Drums, All Saints Episcopal Church Rev. Mary Kopple, G.A.R Cemetery Director Kim Horn, Manager Fred Billups, Nancy Bro, Royal British Legion- Tulsa Derek Ferrell, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology Bennie Thurman, Commonwealth War Graves Commission David Kettle, AEW Foreign Liaison Officer and Squadron Leader Rob Jemmett, Bailee Lawrence granddaughter of Bruce Lawrence with the G.A.R. Cemetery, Four States Friend of Veterans Melvin Cook, Bugles Across America Roger Meyer, and American Legion Post No. 147.

Melinda Stotts is the associate editor of the Miami News-Record. She can be emailed at mstotts@miaminewsrecord.com or followed on Twitter @MelindaStotts1.