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Supporting our local heroes

Throughout the year, Middlesbrough Council holds numerous events to show its support to the Armed Forces. Details of past and upcoming events are detailed below:

Armed Forces Day - tbc, 2018

Every year, Middlesbrough shows its support for the UK's service personnel and veterans when the town plays host to Armed Forces Day. Armed Forces Day is a national celebration of support for the military, and is open to all, from families and local groups to veterans and potential new recruits. The celebration - formerly known as Veterans' Day - has been developed to reflect the wider role of the UK Armed Forces in the life of the nation and its local communities, and their involvement in ongoing conflicts around the globe. One of the day's highlights is the parade of service veterans, Air, Sea and Army Cadets, the military standards, veterans, local army and cadet units.

Remembrance Sunday parade and service - Sunday, 11 November 2018

Stanley Hollis Memorial

Company Sergeant Major Hollis VC was born in Archibald Street, Middlesbrough in 1912, and became a steelworker and lorry driver before enlisting in the army. He went on to become the only person to be awarded the Victoria Cross on D-Day, being recommended twice for his actions on June 6, 1944.

He braved heavy machine gun fire during the landings and was wounded so many times he was branded 'the man they couldn't kill.' The tribute to the legendary Green Howard was made possible thanks to a £150,000 fund-raising campaign by the Stanley Hollis VC Memorial Fund Committee led by retired businessman Brian Bage.

Past events

Remembering Gallipoli and Our War - 23 April 2015

A remembrance service to honour those who fought in Gallipoli and the First World War was held at Middlesbrough cenotaph. As part of the commemorations, 10 of the town's schools made nearly 2,000 artificial poppies for an art project titled Remembering Gallipoli and Our War. The poppies were made from materials including ceramics, plastic bottles, paper and foam, and were planted in the flowerbeds surrounding the cenotaph to create the Middlesbrough Schools Field of Poppies.

Saturday 25 April 2015 marked exactly 100 years to the day that Australians and New Zealanders landed on Turkey's Gallipoli peninsula in 1915. The eight and a half month campaign led to the deaths of more than 130,000 soldiers, of whom more than 21,000 were British.

Freedom Parade - Tuesday 21 June 2016

On 21 June 2016, The Yorkshire Regiment marched from the cenotaph to Centre Square in celebration of its tenth anniversary.