Order lays wreath for David Black

Published Saturday, 10 November 2012
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A senior member of the Orange Order has called for those who murdered Prison Officer David Black to come forward.

Order lays wreath for David Black
Wreaths laid at Schomberg House as members remember Prison Officer David Black. (© Pacemaker)

Mr Black, a married father of two, was ambushed by gunmen as he travelled to work at Maghaberry earlier this month.

The Cookstown man, who was a member of the Orange Order, was remembered at the Remembrance Day commemoration at Schomberg House, the headquarters of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.

On Saturday, wreaths were laid at the memorial stone which is dedicated to more than 330 Orangemen and women who were killed during the Troubles.

Deputy Grand Master, Rev Alistair Smyth said Mr Black's murder by "evil terrorists" had "robbed a close-knit family of a much loved husband and father".

"Their cold-blooded actions - like those of their cohorts who terrorised this province for four decades - must not be allowed to succeed," he said.

Rev Smyth also remembered those who died 25 years ago when an IRA bomb exploded in Enniskillen, killing 11 people and injuring more than 60 others.

"In these days when many are calling for truth and reconciliation, we challenge those who know the truth about Enniskillen and those who know the truth about the killing of the late David Black - and all the other murders in between - to show true remorse, to exercise true repentance, and to assist the process of true reconciliation by passing any information they have to the PSNI."

Lodge members paid respect to service people who lost their lives while on duty, remembering specifically the Co Down medic who was killed in October.

"Our thoughts also at this time are with the family of Corporal Channing Day, from Comber, who paid the supreme sacrifice last month whilst serving on the front line in Afghanistan.

"The young and talented medic was taken away in the prime of her life, fulfilling a job she loved. Today we honour her bravery and her selfless service," he added.

Rev Smyth said those of any or no faith were "bound together by the service they gave when they put on their uniform".

He also urged the government to make the upcoming centenary of the outbreak of the First World War a national commemoration, which would also be marked in Northern Ireland.

© UTV News
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