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New WW2 medals are welcomed in Pendle
11:00pm Tuesday 12th March 2013 in News
PENDLE MP Andrew Stephenson has welcomed the Government’s announcement that World War II heroes who served on the Arctic Convoys, and in Bomber Command, will be eligible to receive new recognition.
Families of those who have died will also be able to apply for the new awards in recognition of their loved ones’ bravery.
Up to a quarter of a million veterans and families could be eligible for the awards.
Production of the new Arctic Star medal and Bomber Command clasp has now started, and living veterans and widows will be the first in line to receive the new awards.
Winston Churchill famously singled out the Arctic Convoys as the ‘most dangerous run of the war’, and the men of Bomber Command faced extremely high casualty rates – 55,000 out of 125,000 who served died.
Mr Stephenson said: “This is a fantastic announcement which will truly recognise the bravery displayed by those who fought for our freedom in World War Two.
“I would encourage all eligible veterans, and next of kin, in Pendle to apply for the new awards.”