REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2011
Always a poignant service this year’s Act of Remembrance at 10.30am was especially moving.
It was on Remembrance Sunday 2010 that Ranger Aaron McCormick was Killed in Action while serving in Afghanistan, (the victim of an Improvised Explosive Device), while ‘Clearing the Way,’ not only for the safety of the members of his platoon, but to protect the local people.
‘Greater love has no man than this, to lay down his life for his friends.’
His was the first of three deaths sustained by the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment. Others were injured, some seriously, during the same operational tour. His body was buried with full military honours after a funeral in our church, where he was confirmed a few yeas ago, and where his sisters and niece were baptised recently.
The BBC has made a documentary which featured the repatriation of his body and its short journey through Wootton Bassett where he was honoured in a moving ceremony. A sequel was bradcast in November 2011.
Aaron grew up in Macosquin, attended the village Primary School and Coleraine Academical Institution before joining the army.
He will be remembered with others who served our country in the Armed Forces, some of whose bodies were also buried in our churchyard. After the Act of Remembrance, the children of the church visit all our military graves to place poppy crosses as tokens of remembrance on each one, so that none will be forgotten. The preacher was The Very Revd Dr Houston McKelvey, former Dean of Belfast, whose close association with the Regiment and the Armed Forces for many years is well known.
‘Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn; at the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.’