Chris Evans hails hero troops in stirring tribute as he launches this year’s Sun Military Awards


CHRIS EVANS today hails hero troops as “national treasures” as he launches this year’s Sun Military Awards.

The cherished gongs — affectionately dubbed the Millies — are back for their 12th year to celebrate the “greatest Armed Forces in the world”, in Chris’s words.

The Sun Military Awards return for their 12th year to celebrate the best and bravest of the UK military
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Chris Evans hailed troops in a stirring tribute to launch this year’s Millie awards
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Our new judge has kicked off this year’s awards process with a stirring tribute to the men and women of the Royal Navy, Army and RAF.

The Virgin Radio DJ, 53, said: “No one deserves greater thanks than the men and women of our Armed Forces. They are all national treasures, and what they do makes us all proud.

“Day in and day out they serve at home and abroad, away from their loved ones, families and friends, putting themselves in harm’s way for this country.

“And they do it with compassion, devotion and plenty of humour. They are the greatest Armed Forces in the world, and it’s an incredible honour to be at this year’s Millies.”

Nominations are now open in ten categories — see the panel, below right — and Chris, added: “It’s a unique event and a massive opportunity to say a resounding and heartfelt thank you.


“So please get those nominations coming in. This is everyone’s chance to show our Armed Forces how much we appreciate all that they do.”

The Millies — sponsored by BAE Systems — honour serving personnel and reservists for acts of sacrifice and gallantry during the past year, and pay tribute to the companies and charities that have supported the Armed Forces community in the last 12 months.

Chris joins a host of new judges for this year’s event, including BBC newsreader Kate Silverton, 49.

She said: “As the wife of a former Royal Marines Commando and as a journalist who has reported from the front line in both Basra and Helmand I am honoured to have been invited to join the Millies’ esteemed panel of judges.”

Kate added: “I have seen personally the great sacrifices made by the men and women who dedicate their lives to serving in the forces and it is a privilege to be able to honour them in the way The Sun does so brilliantly with the Millies.”

Chris joins a host of new judges for this year’s event, including BBC newsreader Kate Silverton
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They will be joined on the night by new Defence Secretary, former soldier Ben Wallace.

He said: “From individual heroic acts to overcoming personal adversity, the Millies demonstrate that we have the best Armed Forces in the world and give everyone the opportunity to show their appreciation for the work they do.

“I would like to thank The Sun for hosting the Millies for the past 11 years and for their unwavering support to the defence community.”

Online Form – Millies 2019

The nation’s top warrior, Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter, said: “It is always uplifting to attend The Sun Military Awards and witness stories of selflessness, bravery, resilience and teamwork.”

Our judging panel of former top brass, celebrities and military champions will select the winners and the Millies — which attract a host of star guests — will be held in December at Banqueting House in Whitehall.

  • To nominate, go to Entries close on September 13.

The Sun Military Awards categories

  •  Hero At Home – Individual
  •  Hero At Home – Unit
  •  Hero Overseas –        Individual
  • Hero Overseas – Unit
  •  Best Reservist
  • Inspiring Others
  • Overcoming Adversity
  •  Innovation Award
  • Support To The Armed Forces
  •  Judges’ Award – Given to any individual, group or unit to honour exceptional service

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace will be at the Millies
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Sun readers can now nominate their military heroes online as we recognise their brave service
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The Millies — sponsored by BAE Systems — honours serving personnel and reservists for acts of sacrifice and gallantry during the past year
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