WAR heroes of all ages across the borough have been honoured at a special ceremony.
A total of 33 veterans were present at the event on Monday organised by North Tyneside Council to mark Armed Forces Day, joined by civic dignitaries and local cadets as well as family and friends.
After the Armed Forces Day flag was raised at 10am at the council’s Quadrant HQ, there was a minute’s silence to remember those who had lost their lives in the latest conflict in Afghanistan before the ex-service personnel were presented with their HM Armed Forces Veteran Lapel Badge and a certificate to mark the day.
Earlier this year, service men and women eligible for a badge had been asked to contact the council – supported by the North Tyneside Veterans Committee – who made an application to the Ministry of Defence on their behalf.
Mayor Linda Arkley said: “I was pleased to be able to honour the men and women who have made such an outstanding contribution to our country.
“As a council, we are working hard to ensure our members and ex-members of the armed forces and their families are well supported and integrated into the community.
“The lapel badge and presentation ceremony is one way of showing how grateful and proud we are.”
This is one in a series of recent events in which the council has shown support to the armed forces.
Last month, the Armed Forces Covenant was signed in North Tyneside, further strengthening the council’s support for serving personnel, veterans and their families.
The council also provides a number of initiatives for members and ex-members of the armed forces and their families including giving former armed forces personnel priority in seeking housing with North Tyneside Homes and other housing providers, and free access to a range of sport, leisure and library services.
Armed Forces Day is on Saturday, June 30.
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