Veterans pay tribute to Armed Forces Day

The Armed Forces Day parade
The Armed Forces Day parade

VETERANS marched in Hartlepool on Saturday to mark Armed Forces Day.

The marchers, made up of veterans from across Hartlepool, were joined by Sea and Marine cadets as well as town MP Iain Wright and Councillors Stephen and Christopher Akers-Belcher, who represented Hartlepool Borough Council.

The event, which takes place annually, is set up to raise public awareness of the contribution made to the country by those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces.

It also gives the nation an opportunity to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from currently serving troops to service families and from veterans to cadets.

The main national event this year took place in Edinburgh, but similar events took place around the country on Saturday.

Tug Wilson, secretary of Hartlepool Combined Services Association, said: “The event went very well, there was a good turn-out and while there weren’t as many as there were last year, I think the poor weather forceast may have had something to do with that.

“In my opnion, this day is as important as Remembrance Sunday.

“On that day, we remember those who lost their lives fighting for their country.

“The event is a celebration for of the dedication of those who serve their country. Just because they have come home doesn’t mean they have done any less of a job than those that have been killed, it just means they have been luckier.

“It is an important day, and it is nice that the public recognise what the soldiers are doing.”

Reverend Val Towler, of St George’s United Reformed Church, conducted a service in the car park at the Hartlepool Maritime Experience after the march.