Armed Forces Contribution to Society Commended by Nation’s Leaders at 13th Annual Soldiering On Awards
Ministerial and military leaders gathered to celebrate outstanding achievements within the Armed Forces community and praised the enduring sense of service and valuable contributions made by its members to the benefit of society.
The 2023 Soldiering On Awards honoured excellence and endeavour by individuals and organisations, including serving personnel, veterans and family members. The event showcased twelve diverse categories, in each of which a winner was announced, among a memorable evening of entertainment and speeches, attended by representatives from all three military services, military charities, and corporate supporters.
Presenter and journalist Jeremy Vine returned to host the 13th annual Soldiering On Awards, the primary awards programme that celebrates the whole military community, at the prestigious Park Plaza Westminster Hotel on the evening of Wednesday 27th September 2023.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Johnny Mercer MP, addressed the 450 guests to open the award announcements with praise for the Soldiering On Awards finalists, and collaborative theme behind the programme.
Minister for Defence People, Veterans and Service Families, Dr. Andrew Murrison MP made a speech praising the ‘forces spirit’.
Chief of Defence People, Vice Admiral Phil Hally CB MBE, recognised the military community’s contribution to society in his address.
Well known veterans sent encouraging video messages including adventurer Bear Grylls OBE, pilot and astronaut Major Tim Peake CMG and ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ Chief Instructor Billy Billingham MBE QCB .
Soldiering On Awards Co-Chair of Judges, General the Lord Dannatt GCB, CBE, MC, DL, explained the event’s importance as he completes a long commitment as judge.
Reflecting on the 2023 Soldiering On Awards cohort, Lt Col Ren Kapur MBE, Chief Executive of X-Forces Enterprise and Soldiering on Awards, commented:
The evening featured musical performances from Soprano Christina Johnston, the Corps of Drums of the Royal Logistic Corps, former Royal Marine Saxophonist Ryan Truzzi-Franconi, Army Cadet Piper Harry Gordon and live band ‘What The Funk’ fronted by Army Reserves Captain Doctor Andie Mitchell-Johnson.