Two men who battled insurgents as Prince Harry and his fellow troops came under attack at Camp Bastion are among 118 military personnel being honoured today.
Other heroes include a medic on her first tour of duty who treated an injured serviceman as Taliban bullets whistled overhead.
ITV News Correspondent Martha Fairlie met some of them:
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A bronze drum, alongside a plaque for Fusilier Rigby, will be located at Middleton Memorial Gardens.
The desk, where the author wrote Great Expectations and his last, unfinished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood, will go on permanent display.
We spring forward an hour at 1am on Sunday, to mark the start of British Summer Time.