Names of fallen heroes continue to be added to the Memorial Wall in Sunderland City Centre.
The wall next to the war memorial in Burdon Road was built with funds raised by the charity Brothers in Arms, to provide a permanent tribute to those from the city who have lost their lives in active service since the end of WWII.
Since the formal dedication of the Memorial Wall on Armistice Day 2011, there has been an annual ‘roll call’ asking for people to put forward new names by 31 July to be inscribed on the wall in time for Remembrance Day.
The wall commemorates the names of service personnel from Sunderland who have died in recent conflicts such as Afghanistan and Iraq, and in Northern Ireland.
Chair of the Sunderland Armed Forces Partnership, which identifies the issues that affect service personnel, veterans and their families in Sunderland and recommends how to address them, Sunderland City Council’s Partnership Manager Jessica May said: “Our city is very proud of the Memorial Wall, and the fact that this lasting monument to bravery was created by community support for the ‘Brothers in Arms’ charity.
“It was the public appeal started by five families who had lost loved ones in recent years, that raised more than £150,000 from the people of Sunderland over two years to design and build the wall.
“Every year we invite families to apply for their loved one’s names to be inscribed alongside their fallen comrades, so they can be added before Remembrance Weekend in November as a permanent, visible commemoration of their sacrifice on our country’s behalf.”
One of the founders of the Brothers in Arms charity, Tom Cuthbertson, whose son Nathan lost his life in action while serving in Afghanistan 2008, added: “We invite families in Sunderland with a relative who passed away while serving in our armed forces since the end of the Second Word War to get in touch.
“The Brothers in Arms Memorial Wall remembers every death in conflict or in training since 1945, and if you’d like their names and sacrifice inscribed onto the Memorial Wall in time for this year’s Remembrance Day please provide us with their details.”
Mr Cuthbertson and the charity have also now started the country’s first ‘Veterans Walk’ military pathway adjacent to the Memorial Wall, where people can buy commemorative paving stones honouring service personnel family members past and present. More information is available by visiting www.veteranswalk.co.uk or contacting [email protected] or 07951 853128.
People within the city who would like to see their loved one’s names appear alongside their fallen comrades on the Memorial Wall, should contact Mandy Howard in the Mayor’s Office on 0191 561 1330 or email [email protected] for more information.