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. Remembered today are five who died on Christmas Days – Tom Boston in 1918 and Samuel Hands in 1941 in Egypt; Robert Ayre in Nova Scotia, Canada in 1940, Hong Kong; Geoffrey Proes in China in 1941; and at home, Hector Black in 1944. 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.

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