Call for WWII veterans to come forward ahead of 75th anniversary of Victory In Europe Day

A silver poppy will be presented to veterans from the borough during a special ceremony on 6 May 2020.

MID and East Antrim Council is calling for information about World War Two veterans who are from the Borough.

The Council agreed in July to present Silver Poppies to surviving veterans of WWII, following a motion tabled by Veterans Champion, Alderman John Carson.

A special reception and presentation of the silver poppies will be held in Ballymena on 6 May 2020 in advance of the 75th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day.

The Council have already identified four veterans who are eligible for a Silver Poppy.

Veterans Champion, Alderman John Carson, said: “It was my privilege to bring this motion forward to Council earlier this year and I would encourage veterans and their relatives to come forward so they can be honoured at this special ceremony next year.

“It is recognised that every year our number of surviving veterans is diminishing and so is the time available to provide public and appropriate recognition to them for their service.

“We are extremely proud of our strong military links here in Mid and East Antrim and would therefore like the opportunity to present surviving veterans with a silver poppy for service to their country during the Second World War.”

If you or someone in your family or community played a part in WWII in this way then please contact Council via the following e-mail address members.services@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

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