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Battle of Britain

Published: 15 Sep 2015 14:40

First Minister pays tribute to those who fought and confirms she will attend service of commemoration in London.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has paid tribute to those who fought so bravely in the skies above Britain during the Second World War.

Speaking on the occasion of Battle of Britain Day, the First Minister said Scotland would never forget their sacrifice as she confirmed that she will represent Scotland at a service of commemoration in Westminster Abbey on Sunday.

The First Minister said:

"Seventy five years on, we will never forget those brave RAF members who took to the skies and fought so valiantly in the Battle of Britain.

"As we commemorate Battle of Britain Day, Scotland remembers, with great pride and gratitude, the sacrifice of "the Few" who selflessly fought the might of the Germany air force as they launched their largest attack on Britain.

"We also remember the contribution of those who supported them – the ground crews and radar operatives – whose work made the courageous missions possible. It will be a privilege to represent Scotland at the service of commemoration in London on Sunday.

"All those who fought in the Second World War deserve our ongoing respect and gratitude and Scotland will never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the conflict to protect our freedom and way of life."