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East Lancashire's fallen heroes may be honoured with blue plaques
CALLS for fallen soldiers to be honoured with a blue plaque on their homes have been welcomed.
Armed forces personnel killed in action would join some of Britain’s most famous residents who have been receiving the blue discs since the scheme began 147 years ago.
Labour urged local councils and English Heritage, which runs the scheme, to install the plaques on the home of heroes who sacrificed their lives.
Ribble Valley soldier, Sergeant Rick Clements, was maimed by a bomb blast in Afghanistan more than three years ago and now raises money for charity.
He said: “I’m massively for it. Something I do personally is have three or four plaques on benches and portraits of friends who have been killed. “The guys who have lost lives deserve something.”
Despite losing both legs, severely injuring his arm and suffering internal injuries after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED) in May 2010, Sgt Clements does not believe he should be honoured in such a way.
He added: “I’m quite happy to get offered a pint every now and again.
“In a way, I have sacrificed a lot but it’s something I wanted to do. The worst case scenario happened and I’m just getting on with it. “I don’t want to be thought of as anything special.”
The proposed scheme would apply to service men and women who won bravery awards, with the final decision resting with their families.
Coun Maureen Bateson, Blackburn with Darwen’s Council’s executive member for regeneration, said: “We would look at this more closely because we are only too pleased to recognise the sacrifice and efforts our soldiers make.”
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