Scarva War Memorial - Carla Lockhart MP with Cllr Ian Wilson and Cllr Paul Greenfield
Local Member of Parliament Carla Lockhart has joined with communities across Upper Bann in marking Remembrance Sunday at ceremonies in Banbridge, Lurgan, Portadown, Scarva and Dollingstown.
Commenting on the importance of Remembrance, Carla Lockhart said:
“Remembrance Sunday is a solemn occasion in our nation’s calendar. It is a time for us all to reflect and give thanks to those who have served our country, in the Great War and World War II, but in other conflicts in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. Many paid the ultimate sacrifice, and others came home to live with the physical and mental scars of the battlefield. We owe these men and women a great debt of gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy today, and it is right that we join as a community to express that gratitude.
"Of course, in Northern Ireland, we remember those who lost their lives while wearing the uniform of the RUC, UDR, RIR and Prison Service. Many families in Ulster have that empty chair on Remembrance Sunday, and every day, as a reminder of the price paid by a loved one in the fight against terrorism. We will always remember them.
"This year marks 100 years of the Royal British Legion. Across Upper Bann the RBL has been instrumental in offering support to veterans and their families, raising funds through the Poppy Appeal, and in organising Acts of Remembrance in local towns and villages. I thank every RBL volunteer for the incredibly positive and invaluable service they perform in our community, and for organising events today in our community. Lest we forget.”