28th October 2014 –
Wear Poppies With Pride
Mr Robin Swann, the Ulster Unionist North Antrim Assemblyman and Chairman of the Stormont Employment and Learning Committee, has called on the entire community to wear their poppies with pride in the period running up to and during Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.
Mr Swann, who is also North Antrim UUP Chairman and Party Chief Whip, praised â€śthe tremendous roleâ€ť which the British Legion Poppy Appeal fulfilled in the support of and aftercare of serving soldiers and veterans.
He said wearing a poppy was a terrific way of remembering the supreme sacrifice made by service personnel from the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth.
Mr Swann added: â€śThe conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and the tragic personal losses to our Armed Forces serve as a daily reminder of the sacrifice of our military personnel.
â€śHowever, no matter how serious the danger, these gallant men and women continue to serve with honour and dignity and as a nation we owe them a debt of gratitude which can never be repaid.
â€śWe must also remember the relatives and friends at home who constantly worry about their loved ones serving in dangerous conflict zones.
â€śAnd in the Province, we are hugely aware of the sacrifice of our Armed Forces â€“ from the UDR, RUC, Royal Irish and PSNI who served their country daily with many paying either the ultimate price with their lives, or being maimed and mentally scarred.
â€śTo them we give our eternal thanks for making our country safer for our children.
â€śIn these coming days, wear your poppy with pride as a public tribute to those who have served their country so dearly,â€ť said the North Antrim MLA.
Assemblyman Swann continued: â€śMore than 90 years after it was first established, the Royal British Legion still plays a vital role in the support aftercare of former and serving soldiers and their families.
â€śWearing a poppy in the run up to Remembrance Sunday is the best way of supporting the Poppy Appeal and those it helps,â€ť said Mr Swann.
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