A SERIES of Remembrance events to commemorate those who lost their lives in both World Wars and other conflicts have been held across Mid and East Antrim on Sunday.
Remembrance services were held in the borough’s towns of Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne, with poignant ceremonies in Whitehead, Broughshane, Cullybackey, Glynn and Kells and Connor.
This year’s commemorative events took place on the centenary of the 1918 Armistice.
Glarryford Traditional Unionist Voice councillor Timothy Gaton was among those in attendance in Ballymena on Sunday.
He told ‘Ballymena Daily’: “I was encouraged to see so many people at the Ballymena cenotaph this morning to pay their respects to the bravery of The Fallen.
“People from across the Ballymena area from all age groups joined together in the Memorial Garden to mark the Centenary of the Armistice.
“It’s important we remember those who laid down their lives for the freedom we enjoy today.”
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Lindsay Millar, said earlier this week: “It is my honour as Mayor of Mid and East Antrim to take part in Remembrance services for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“They must never be forgotten for the price they paid in order that we may live in freedom.”
Remembrance Sunday events which took place on November 11 included:
· Ballymena: Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim, Mrs Joan Christie CVO, OBE, was represented by Hon Christopher Brooke, who joined elected members for a parade from the Services Club to Memorial Park, where a service took place from 10.50am.
· Carrickfergus: A service took place at the town’s War Memorial from 10.45am.
· Larne: Elected members paraded from the Royal British Legion from 10.30am, followed by a service at the War Memorial from 11am.
Poppy wreaths were laid on behalf of Mid & East Antrim Borough Council at each of the locations.
Elected members approved the lighting up of council buildings in red from November 9 to 12 to mark Remembrance weekend.
Refurbishment work has been taking place at War Memorials throughout the borough this year, including the Larne War Memorial, Ballymena War Memorial, County Antrim War Memorial at Knockagh and Whitehead War Memorial.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council took part in the WW1 Beacons of Light at 7.00pm on Sunday, when over 1,000 Beacons of Light were lit across the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories, symbolising an end to the darkness of war and a return to the light of peace.
In Carrickfergus, a beacon was lit at Castle Green. There was a reading of Tribute to the Millions and sounding of the Last Post before the lighting of the beacon.
A number of ‘Ghost Tommies’ have also been erected at locations across Mid and East Antrim.
The poignant sculptures have been placed in the Ballymena, Larne and Carrickfergus areas in memory of all those who lost their lives in the conflict.
The sombre events on Sunday paid tribute to the millions killed or wounded in battle, and those on the home front who struggled amidst pain and loss to help ensure freedom.