December 25. Ulstermen honoured by the USA. Roll of Honour

Lurgan born Field Marshal Sir John Greer Dill became Churchill’s military ambassador to the USA. An equestrian statue in his honour was unveiled by President Harry S Truman in Arlington National Cemetery in November 1950. Air Vice-Marshal Paddy Harbison, CB, CBE, AFC, FBIM, grew up in Ballymena. He was awarded the United States’ Air Medal for service as a fighter pilot in Korea. Photo – On Christmas Eve, at Lichtjes op Oorlogsbegraafplaats Jonkerbos in Nijmegen, as at many other War Cemeteries in the Netherlands, candles are lit on every grave to show respect and gratitude to those men who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. Despite the rain and cold wind many people, including the Mayor of Nijmegen, attended and helped children to place a candle on each grave, 1642 in total. We remember five who died on Christmas Days in Egypt, Canada, Hong Kong and at home.

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