Swann calls for more forces commemorations

MORE commemorative displays are needed highlighting the terrific contribution which people from the constituency have made to the security forces, North Antrim Ulster Unionist Assemblyman and member of the Stormont Culture and Arts Committee, Mr Robin Swann, has urged.

Mr Swann is also UUP North Antrim Chairman and Party Chief Whip. The UUP MLA issued his statement after visiting the “very professionally displayed” Bushmills At War exhibition in the village’s Dunluce Parish Centre.

Assemblyman Swann was accompanied by other UUP councillors, members and supporters, including Moyle Chairman Sandra Hunter and Councillor Joan Baird.

Mr Swann said: “The organizers of the Bushmills At War display are to be highly commended for putting on a very professional and moving event.

“We need more of these excellent displays staged across the constituency to commemorate the terrific contribution which folks from North Antrim have made, and continue to make, over the generations to the British security forces.

“We must avoid the pitfall of just seeing commemorating that magnificent contribution as being limited to Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.

“The work of our security forces goes on 24/7, especially with our forces serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as combating the dissident threat here in our Province.

“We must also not forget the families of those who are serving, who have served, and particularly the loved ones who have to bear the burden of grief at the loss of a relative or friend killed on duty.

“Commemorative displays, such as the Bushmills At War event, help considerably in keeping the families of the fallen and serving forces constantly in our thoughts and prayers.

“We pay tribute to the organizers of the various commemorative events which already exist in North Antrim and hope this impressive list can be increased over the coming months.

“When a person sees the superb array of medals on display at such events, we as a community can fully appreciate the sacrifice and dedication which these forces made,” said Assemblyman Swann.