The 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 enough money for the Memorial Wall that was built in 2011.
However, Tom was always aware that the Memorial Wall was only to commemorate those who had fallen in conflict. He wanted to go further in recognising ALL personnel who have served their country in any capacity. As a result, the local Council has agreed to support planning and development of a walkway that will be a permanent reminder for anyone who wishes to create a legacy, whether still surviving or having passed away in peacetime.
The granite plaques will carry the individual name, rank and badge of the serving force and will be laid within the pathways of Mowbray Park starting at the Memorial Wall, thereby connecting colleagues in a permanent reminder of anyone who has served his/her country with pride. The planned size will be based on A4 dimensions (approximately 12” wide by 9” deep) and all funds raised through the project will be used to continue funding the Brothers In Arms charity which supports many good causes for ex-servicemen including the Sunderland Armed Forces Network.