Martin secures Benches of Remembrance for the Borough
Wednesday 1st August 2018
In 2016 I brought a proposal to Council to install a number of ‘Benches of Remembrance’ to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice which ended the Great War. This proposal has now been fully approved by Council and it is hoped that these will be installed in time for our services in November.
I am delighted that a project, two years in the making, has finally been brought to fruition and we will soon be seeing eleven of these Memorial benches placed near our War Memorials throughout Ards and North Down. Northern Ireland, and our Borough in particular, has a long standing record of service in Her Majesties Armed Forces and also a significant number of retired military personnel living within it. I believe it is right and proper that we have visual reminders of both service and sacrifice and also embedded education programmes so that our young people understand that our freedom was not obtained cheaply.
People can easily take for granted the sacrifice that was made on our behalf by many in the causes of democracy and freedom and these benches will serve as a powerful visual reminder of the many who never came homefrom foreign fields or were murdered by terrorists here in Northern Ireland. These benches will commemorate, not only those who served in the two World Wars, but also those who have served since in conflicts such as the Falklands War, The Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan