Voting is about to open for an annual awards ceremony that celebrates the outstanding achievements of current and former members of the Armed Forces.
It’s time to put some dates in the calendar with details announced on when and how voters can decide their choice in the three 2021 Soldiering On Awards categories that are open to the public.
The annual awards not only celebrate the outstanding achievements of individual veterans and service personnel but also the diverse people and groups who work together in support of the Armed Forces Community - and voting starts soon.
This year marks 11 years of the awards, designed to honour and recognise many truly inspirational people and teams, and not to forget, the extraordinary achievements of their families.
For a reminder of the finalists, take a look here.
Nominations for the awards opened in February 2021 and this year there are three categories open for a public vote.
The Sporting Excellence Award honours a person or team who have overcome challenges, inspired others and demonstrated outstanding achievements in the field of sport.
The Inspiration Award is designed to celebrate a person or group who have overcome significant challenges, injury or disability and whose ongoing or past outstanding achievements and behaviours are an inspiration to others.
And last, but not least, the Animal Partnership Award recognises the unique relationships and companionship provided by animals and/or the achievements of individuals/organisations engaged with animals that support and/or empower members of the Armed Forces Community.
Put a note in the calendar because here are the dates you can vote:
Sporting Excellence Award
Voting goes live on July 26, 2021, from 5pm UKT and closes at 8pm on August 8, 2021
Voting goes live on August 9, 2021, from 5pm UKT and closes at 8pm on August 22, 2021
Animal Partnership Award
Voting goes live on August 23, 2021, from 5pm UKT and closes at 8pm on September 5, 2021
On those three dates, head to www.soldieringon.org to vote for the winning finalist.
Across 12 categories, the awards have 38 finalists, with ages ranging from 22 to 102.
In order to make sure the judging process is as fair as possible, this year, the Soldiering On Awards has a diverse mix of judges drawn from all three services.
The judges range from Army Sergeant Major Gavin Paton and Laura Blair, employment Director for The Officer’s Association, to Commander Debbie Whittingham, Deputy Governor of the Tower of London, and Charlie Wallace, Scottish Veterans Commissioner, and many others.
The award winners will be announced during a series of online events to be held throughout October.
All being well, and in line with government guidance, all finalists and winners will be given a celebration at a Black-Tie gala reception and dinner at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, London, in December.
While we wait, let’s celebrate each of these incredible finalists and recognise their individual achievements and successes for coming this far in the awards process.