The National Veterans Walk is the brainchild of Tom Cuthbertson and his wife Carla, both of whom worked tirelessly after the loss of their son in Afghanistan in 2008 to raise over £100,000 to fund the Brothers In Arms Memorial Wall that was built in 2011.
However, Tom was always aware that the Wall was only to commemorate those who had fallen in conflict. He wanted to go further in recognising ALL personnel who had served their country in any capacity. As a result, the local Council agreed to support planning and development of a walkway that has become a permanent reminder for anyone who wishes to create a legacy, whether still surviving or having passed away in peacetime. This has become a Tribute to Proud Service for all individuals and families who have bought a piece of their own history.
The granite plaques carry the individual name, rank and badge of the serving force and are laid within the pathways of Mowbray Park in Sunderland starting at the Memorial Wall, thereby connecting colleagues in a permanent reminder of anyone who has served his/her country with pride. The stones are 350mm x 250mm and 50mm think (2 inches) so will be there a long time after we are not! All surplus funds raised through the project are used to support 3 chosen charities which are SSAFA, Brothers In Arms which supports many good causes for ex-servicemen, and the Sunderland Armed Forces Network.