Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston has renewed the town's commitment to the armed forces.
At a special ceremony in Middlesbrough Town Hall's Civic Suite, Mr Preston re-signed the town's Armed Forces Community Covenant.
The document - first signed in 2012 - represents a commitment by the Council and local businesses and organisations to strengthen the relationship between local communities and the military.
The Community Covenant also offers formal recognition of the sacrifices made by service personnel on active duty.
It provides a platform for the armed forces community to help and support the wider community through participation in events and joint projects.
Middlesbrough's Community Covenant complements the national Armed Forces Covenant, which represents a promise by nation to ensure the fair treatment of those who serve or who have served in the armed forces and their families.
Under the Covenant Middlesbrough Council is committed to:
- Working with partners to make sure that the needs of the local armed forces community are being identified and met
- Making sure that military service doesn't result in members of the armed forces community being disadvantaged compared to other citizens
- Making sure that the contribution of the armed forces to the community is remembered, honoured and celebrated
- Actively supporting local armed forces events including homecoming and freedom parades, alongside a strong partnership with the Yorkshire Regiment.
The Council also has two Armed Forces Champions - Councillors Ron Arundale and Barrie Cooper - whose role is to maintain Middlesbrough Council's commitment to support the armed forces, their families and veterans, and to raise the profile of the support provided by the Council and the community.
The Middlesbrough Armed Forces Forum - including representatives from the armed forces and organisations supporting ex-service personnel, Councillors and partner organisations - works to prevent any disadvantage to individuals as a result of military service, or their return from it.
In 2016 Middlesbrough Council received the Employee Recognition Scheme Silver Award in appreciation of its ongoing support for the armed forces community.
Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: "We have a proud history of supporting the armed forces, so it's an honour to renew our commitment to them by re-signing our Armed Forces Covenant.
"It's our undertaking that we will do everything we can to ensure service personnel, veterans and their families always have the support they need and are treated with the dignity they deserve.
"It's a powerful recognition of the sacrifices they make on our behalf, and I know it will have the backing of residents and business across Middlesbrough and beyond."