Mayor appeals for Residents to support the Poppy Appeal
November 2, 2018
As Remembrance Sunday approaches, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Uel Mackin would like to appeal to residents throughout the Lisburn and Castlereagh area to support the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Day Appeal.
The Mayor, speaking at the launch of the 2018 Poppy Appeal, said: “I am proud that each year the residents of Lisburn and Castlereagh show unwavering support for this very worthwhile cause and I would like to appeal for their continued generosity again this year in supporting the Poppy Appeal. These local contributions when added to the Northern Ireland total will raise a significant amount of money to help our veterans and their families.
“I believe it is important to acknowledge the bravery of our Armed Forces, both veterans and serving personnel. The British troops serve alongside other nations to provide a more stable and secure environment to help ensure the safety of both of those living across the world.
“The Council recognises the dangers faced by our Armed Forces and their bravery, camaderie and dedication to duty humbles us all. Any injuries received by the brave personnel in battle results in an increased demand on the services provided by the Royal British Legion, so please give generously to assist this worthwhile cause,” said Councillor Mackin.
The Royal British Legion is the UK’s leading charity providing financial, social and emotional support to millions who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their dependants.
Councillor Mackin added: “The Poppy Appeal provides people with a tangible way in which they can express their gratitude to those individuals who have fought selflessly for the safety of others and I’d like to thank all our residents who continue to support this very special Appeal.
“I would like to extend my thoughts to those who are grieving or who have suffered a loss, as Remembrance Sunday approaches. This is a very poignant time of the year and this year Remembrance Sunday marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One. I would encourage people to attend their church services next Sunday, wherever you worship and please remember those in our community and from further afield who are facing difficult times, whatever those may be.
"Elected representatives will join the National Service of Remembrance in Lisburn hosted by the Lisburn Branch of the Royal British Legion next Sunday morning at Lisburn War memorial; and will lay wreaths as a mark of remembrance for those servicemen and women who have lost their lives through war. We would like to see members of the public attend this 100th Anniversary Remembrance Service and pay their respects alongside us on this solemn occasion,” he concluded.
Presenting the first poppy of the Appeal to the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin is WWII bomber pilot, former
Flight Lieutenant Bill Eames.
Pictured with the Mayor, Cllr Uel Mackin at the launch of the 2018 Northern Ireland Poppy Appeal are:
Noel Irwin, Vice-Chairman of Royal British Legion N.I.; Col.Neil Salisbury (President of Royal British Legion N.I. and
John Stewart, Chairman of the Royal British Legion N.I.