A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards

by Lisa McGarry

ITV is honoured to be supporting A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards, where the armed forces’ very best will be saluted in a star-studded ceremony in front of a royal audience, to be broadcast exclusively on ITV1.

A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards, also known as The Millies, honours and awards those military heroes of the past year who have made enormous sacrifices and who have served their country with the highest distinction.

Taking place at London’s Imperial War Museum on Tuesday 15th December, A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards 2009, now in its second year, promise to be even better than last year’s extraordinary inaugural event.

The ITV1 prime-time special, entitled A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards, will be presented by Phillip Schofield and Amanda Holden and transmit exclusively on ITV1 later in December.

Amanda says: “I feel incredibly privileged and humbled to be asked to host such a deserving awards ceremony. None of us can truly understand the sacrifices out troops make fighting on our behalf, but hopefully these awards will go some way to recognizing their heroic efforts.”

Phillip adds: “I’m very proud to have been asked to present A Night of Heroes. This Morning is watched all over the world by those in the forces and their families on BFBS and the reaction and feedback we get is invaluable, therefore I know how important it is to say thank you.

“We never forget what you are doing for us. I’m looking forward to a great night of celebration for some truly remarkable people.”
The Sun Editor Dominic Mohan says: “The Sun Military Awards give us the unique opportunity to honour the extraordinary character and selflessness of British Servicemen and women. We are incredibly proud to host these awards in recognition of the sacrifices, dedication and courage of our serving personnel and their families.”

Layla Smith, Controller of ITV Entertainment, says: “There couldn’t be a more fitting time to honour the amazing servicemen men and women of Great Britain. In our own small way we want to say thank you on behalf of the whole country’

The judging panel for The Millies was made of four military chiefs: General The Lord Guthrie, General Sir Mike Jackson, Admiral The Lord West and Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Squire.

They were joined by celebrity judges: John Terry, Jeremy Clarkson, Martin Johnson, Dame Kelly Holmes, Andy McNab, Ross Kemp, Myleene Klass and widow of Lt Col Rupert Thorneloe, Sally Thorneloe. The final member of the panel was The Sun Political Editor, Tom Newton Dunn.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Each award on the night will be presented to serving members of the UK Armed Forces, except the Support to the Armed Forces award, which is specifically for civilians.

A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards categories are:

Overcoming Adversity: This award recognises an inspirational serviceman or woman who has suffered severe injury or illness in the line of duty, and yet has overcome their difficulties with fortitude.

Most Outstanding Sailor or Marine: Is awarded to the individual who has made the most outstanding contribution to the Royal Navy or Royal Marines over the past year.

Most Outstanding Soldier: Honours the individual who has made the most outstanding contribution to the Army over the past year.

Most Outstanding Airman: Salutes the individual who has made the most outstanding contribution to the Royal Air Force over the past year.

Best Reservist: Acknowledges a reservist of any rank or service who has made the most outstanding contribution to any Armed Forces endeavour.

Support to the Armed Forces: The winner of this award will be a civilian – a civil servant, contractor, charity worker or member of the public – who has provided exceptional help to the Armed Forces.

Life Saver Award: Awarded to an individual or a group, whether a medical professional or not, who has performed an extraordinary life-saving act.

True Grit (Home): For an individual or a group who have performed an act of true grit – be it through courage, determination or self-sacrifice – while in the UK.

True Grit (Overseas): For an individual or a group who have performed an act of true grit – be it through courage, determination or self sacrifice – while abroad.

Best Unit: The winner of this award can be a major or minor unit that has excelled consistently over the year, for example with achievements on an operational deployment.

Judge’s Award for Special Recognition: The judges’ personal gift for outstanding service by an individual or group not recognised elsewhere.

Monday, 21 December 2009, 9:00PM – 10:30PM, ITV1

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