WORLD War Two veterans living in the Mid & East Antrim Borough Council area are to be presented with special poppies of remembrance to mark their service in the fight against facism and the Nazis.
Tullygarley DUP representative, Alderman John Carson – the council’s ‘Veteran Champion’ – proposed a motion which was unanimously supported at a meeting in Ballymena.
The motion – seconded by Coast Road DUP councillor Andrew Clarke – reads: ‘With the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War approaching, Council wishes to recognise the contribution of those who fought in that War from Northern Ireland.
‘It notes that every year the number of our surviving veterans is reducing and the time to provide public and appropriate recognition is running out.
‘This Council will therefore provide all surviving veterans of WW2 (including those in the Merchant Navy) who reside in our Borough with a Silver Poppy of Remembrance to mark their service in the fight against fascism and Nazism.
‘These Poppies will be presented to all surviving veterans at a special Service of Remembrance the week commencing the 4th November 2019.
‘It further encourages other Councils throughout Northern Ireland to mark our surviving Second World War veterans service in a similar way’.
Alderman Carson added that he saluted the bravery of veterans and also the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice.
He made particular reference to a Tullygarley man, Sam Shaw, who was killed in the battle of Monte Cassino in Italy in 1944.
Councillor Clarke meanwhile said it was a chance to acknowledge a debt of gratitude to those who fought for freedom in World War Two.
Alderman Carson called for a recorded vote and all councillors present unanimously supported it.