Star Opinion: Tributes paid to the brave

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There were poignant scenes in Sheffield city centre on Sunday, which reminded all who saw them about the sacrifices made by our forefathers.

In Derbyshire, too, there was a glimpse of the past as two Lancaster bombers flew over Derwent Dam for the first time in 50 years.

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In Sheffield hundreds of veterans and former air force personnel paraded through the streets supported by families who came out to pay their respects to those who served and the many who died in the conflict 74 years ago.

Wreaths were laid and the Last Post and Reveille were sounded, before a parade by RAFA members and Royal Air Force Cadets from Barker’s Pool through the city centre to the Cathedral.

The city can be proud of its war effort.

Not only for the men and women who served so bravely but also the huge amounts of guns and armaments that were made because of the steelworks.

War is a horrible, brutal business. However, it is easy for it to be romanticised by the beautiful image of the Lancaster bombers.

It is right that we regularly pay tribute to those who have fought wars in the past as a way to prevent us rushing quickly into future conflicts.