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Council Prepares War Memorials for Armistice Day

Council Prepares War Memorials for Armistice Day

July 27, 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is repairing war memorials across the Council area in advance of the Centenary of Armistice Day.

In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I.

Councillor Nathan Anderson, Chairman of the Council’s Corporate Services Committee, speaking about the planned repairs, said: “Every Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday veterans, serving and former armed forces personnel, family members and residents visit our war memorials as a mark of remembrance for those who have lost their lives through war.

“The Council will be repairing its war memorials in Lisburn, Glenavy, Hilden, Hillsborough and Moira in preparation for the 11th November 2018, the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day.  We will also be inscribing the names of those who lost their lives in the line of duty that have recently been provided to us by relatives. 

“It is very important to the Council that it acknowledges the bravery of our Armed Forces, both veterans and serving personnel; and the Council does this in a number of ways throughout the year.  I hope that all our residents will respect these war memorials in the years ahead as they were erected to mark the wars that scarred our past; and to remember the bravery of the local men and women who fought in them.”

The Rt. Hon. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP and Alderman James Tinsley, the Council’s Veterans Champion, joined Councillor Anderson at the Lisburn War Memorial to view the progress of the refurbishment work.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council would like residents throughout the area to take part in their own way in the traditional two minute silence on the 11th November 2018 at 11.00am.  This marks 100 years to the minute from Armistice Day, which essentially brought an end to four years of fighting during World War I.