There are those who never stop being heroes

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We make no apologies for revisiting the subject of Heroes Day, or devoting so much space to images and stories featuring those who took part.

It really was a great day and a fantastic success – so thanks to everyone who made that happen.

As we look back on yesterday’s events we shouldn’t forget what it was all about in the first place.

The family and friends of Royal Marine Richard Hollington have been in the driving seat since the very beginning and it’s their tireless efforts that made Heroes Day into a success.

They spotted the potential in asking people to dress up as their heroes and came up with the idea of turning it into a national day.

Money raised will help injured service men and women and no-one could doubt the importance of that.

Sadly, Mne Hollington died from the injuries he sustained in a bomb blast in Afghanistan, but others return home with complex needs and continue to require a great deal of care.

While many people had fun dressing as their heroes for a day, we know that all those taking part will have remembered that there are others who know what that feels like every day.

All those in our armed forces – both past and present – are heroes in their own right and we remember the many who have lost their lives while serving in war zones around the world.

The death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi this week reminds us that the Royal Navy has been helping there. And next month many of us will wear poppies on our lapels as we commemorate Remembrance Sunday.

It’s crucial that we continue to mark these events, not only out of respect for all those who have lost their lives during conflicts, but also to remember what the sacrifice they made stands for.

A lot of fun was had on Heroes Day. We’re glad so many got involved and it was great to see so much variety when it came to the heroes that you picked.

At the heart of it all, of course, was Mne Hollington and the memory of this hero should continue to spur us on.