Councillor Andrew Ewing, then Deputy Mayor of Lisburn, recently hosted a ceremony to raise the Armed Forces Flag at Lagan Valley Island to mark the beginning of Armed Forces Week nationwide.
Lisburn City Council annually raises the Flag to honour Britain’s Armed Forces of the past, present and future.
The Flag was raised by Lieutenant Colonel Nick Ilic, Station Commander at Thiepval Barracks and Councillor Ewing, with elected members and representatives of the Army, the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force, and the Royal British Legion present.
Councillor Ewing said: “We are gathered here to celebrate what our veterans have achieved, what our current troops are fighting to achieve; and the opportunities that will be offered to future generations of soldiers willing to dedicate their lives to protecting us.
“We remember those who are currently overseas in Afghanistan and pray for a safe and speedy return home. We especially remember those who will never be returning home and the grieving families who are left behind.
“This year’s Armed Forces Day and the raising of the Armed Forces Flag is particularly poignant as on the 28th July the 100th Anniversary of the First World War will be commemorated and the ultimate sacrifice paid by so many. The soldiers of the First World War have an extra special place in our hearts today.”
“By raising the Armed Forces Flag here at Lagan Valley Island, the message being delivered to residents and visitors is that Lisburn appreciates the dedication and achievements of all our service personnel, and supports the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to service families, and from veterans to cadets.
“Lisburn City Council recognises the dangers faced by those fighting in battles on foreign soil and any loss of human life and the infliction of serious injuries is humbling, in the face of such bravery, camaraderie, and dedication to duty,” he concluded.