Flypast and medal presentation

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster will be taking to the skies over Shropshire today in honour of the thousands of National Service RAF veterans.

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Parade ahead of military flypast in Shropshire

Veterans parade ahead of the ceremony Credit: ITV News Central

Ahead of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight veterans paraded at RAF Cosford in Shropshire. Those of them who are eligible will be presented with Arctic Star medals and the Bomber Command clasp.

The Arctic Star is awarded to veterans who have served in the Arctic but it is particularly aimed at those who took part in the Arctic Convoys which supplied Russia during the Second World War.

There will be a fly-past later today Credit: ITV News Central

The Bomber Command Clasp is awarded to veterans who have flown at least one operational sortie with the Command operational unit.

Medals presented 70 years on

Arctic medals are awarded to members of the British Armed Forces and the Merchant Navy who were involved in action in the Arctic Circle or Bomber Command during the Second World War.

Both awards are being presented almost seventy years after the end of the war.

Veterans from all three services who have been awarded either honour have been invited to put their names forward to have their medals officially presented to them by the Chief of the Air Staff.

Bomber flypast and medal presentation in Shropshire

Lancaster Bomber Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster will be taking to the skies over Shropshire today in honour of thousands of National Service RAF veterans.

The aircraft will perform for visitors and guests at Royal Air Force Museum Cosford and Artic Star medals and the Bomber Command Clasp will be presented to eligible veterans.

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