Mayor attends memorials to Somme fallen

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The Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Andrew Ewing, attended a number of Somme Memorial Services, including one at the Thiepval Memorial, after which the Army Barracks in Lisburn takes its name.

The Mayor also attended a Service at the 36th Ulster Division Memorial Tower and a Service in memory of the 10th and 16th Irish Division which was held at Guillemont.

The memorial services were also attended by Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers.T

he Mayor laid a wreath at each of the three Memorial Services on behalf of Lisburn City Council and its residents in memory of all those who lost their lives.

“It was a very humbling experience to pay homage to the soldiers who paid the Ultimate sacrifice in order to ensure we enjoy our freedom today and it is important to show our respect to the people who for our tomorrow gave their today.

“It is particularly poignant in this the centenary of the beginning of World War One and it is important we keep the memory of the fallen alive.”

The delegation from Lisburn City Council also included Councillor Luke Poots, Councillor Scott Carson, Councillor John Palmer, Alderman Jim Dillon and Councillor Jennifer Coulter.

Councillor Poots, who is a member of Ancre Somme Association, added: “It was a privilege to lay a wreath at the Ulster Tower on behalf of the city of Lisburn to show our respects.

“As a member of the Somme Association I believe it is important that we educate our young people on the history of the First World War.

“I also welcome the World War 1 commemoration funding issued by the Stripe Goli department of the Orange Order and believe it will be a valuable asset to educating our young people. We also need to make a special effort to have special and outstanding commemorations in 2016 and remember our fallen who fought for our country even I the midst of our own countries crisis at the time.”