News Release – 12th May 2018
New plaque unveiled in Clogher RBL to remember those who paid the supreme sacrifice
On Saturday afternoon last a special service was held in Clogher Royal British Legion at which a plaque was unveiled remembering the 12 members of the security forces who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist campaign inflicted within the District.
Amongst the 12 families being remembered were three families from Great Britain whose loved ones were members of Regular Army units. These families were hosted in The Clogher Valley area over the weekend by Lisnaskea-based South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF)
Chairman of Clogher RBL Branch Harry Alexander explains: “Our Branch felt it very important to erect a plaque which would pay tribute to those who laid down their lives in defence of democracy and of defeating the terrorist campaign”.
“I had the great honour of serving with 11 of the 12 service personnel remembered and I found today particularly Saturday particularly poignant because it marked my own brother-in-law’s Anniversary – Ivan Hillen who is one of those remembered on the plaque”.
“We were delighted to work in partnership with SEFF this weekend where we have been able to host visiting families, bring them to the scenes where their loved ones were killed (which proved extremely emotional) and there was also an opportunity for some good relaxation time to be built into the weekend”.
Kenny Donaldson, SEFF’s Director of Services stated: “We owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who donned the uniforms of the police, military and prison service and who sought to serve the community, often paying a very heavy price for their courage”.
“The GB families visiting were advised of the support services they can now link into via SEF’s GB outreach project when they return home. We are determined that they will now feel part of the SEFF family support network”.
“We commend the Officers of Clogher RBL for first developing this initiative, the 12 individuals named on the plaque and all other innocent victims of the terrorist campaign will continue to be remembered with their heroic families,” concluded Mr Donaldson.