Local Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, is today (22nd Feb 2013) urging local authorities in his constituency (Redcar & Cleveland and Middlesbrough Borough Councils) to consider offering bereaved service families the chance to name streets after their loved ones.
Along with Jim Murphy MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary and Hilary Benn MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, Tom will be writing to both Local Authorities to propose that they offer this lasting commemoration for service personnel killed in the line of duty.
“My campaign against the axing to the Green Howards clearly demonstrated to me the depth of respect local communities have for our armed forces and I was overwhelmed by the level of support the campaign received. The Armed Forces have a very rich history across Teesside and introducing new street names to honour fallen heroes would be a meaningful, lasting and respectful way to show the value we place on those who have served and been lost.
“It was good to see that Redcar and Cleveland Council signed up to the Armed Forces Community Covenant to pledge their support to our service men and women and their families. I hope both local authorities in my constituency take on board how meaningful such a small gesture could be and consider other ways that they can support our service community and pay tribute to those that have made the greatest sacrifice.”
Jim Murphy MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, said:
“This is a way for local people to show their solidarity and sympathy. A lasting personal memorial would demonstrate the value we place on individuals who have served but been lost in the defence of our country.
“Those who have been lost will always be remembered and loved by their families. Street naming will be a chance for their names to live publicly and forever.”