TOWN Hall chiefs and community figures joined high-ranking forces personnel to sign an Armed Forces Community Covenant.
The document is a voluntary statement of mutual support between the civilian community of St Helens and its local armed forces personnel.
The covenant’s aim is to boost support for the armed forces community who live and work in St Helens and to remember the sacrifices made by the armed forces, particularly those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Council leader Marie Rimmer said: “We recognise the enormous contribution that our armed forces make to the safety and security of the nation.
“No one underestimates the difficulties faced by the service community - regularly on the move yet trying to access support in all areas of day to day life, particularly with regard to housing, education and social care.
“We can all be proud of the armed forces and this will go some way in showing our support for their commitment to our country.”
The covenant enables St Helens Council and its community partners to bring their knowledge, experience and expertise to bear on the provision of help and advice to members of the armed forces community.
It also provides the impetus for continued recognition of the status of serving soldiers, reservists and veterans through public events and other public support such as Armed Forces Day and Freedom of the Borough.
Brigadier Nick Fitzgerald, the Commander of 42 (NW) Brigade, and the most senior soldier in the region, said: “St Helens has always been tremendously supportive of military personnel and their families, both serving and veteran.
“The St Helens Community Covenant will help build on the town’s natural and instinctive generosity so that we can work together to promote a better understanding and awareness of the issues that affect the military community.”