Mid-Ulster MLA Sandra Overend has said she will wear a poppy made by the family of murdered prison officer David Black.
Speaking ahead of Remembrance Sunday, Mrs Overend said her thoughts and prayers were with the family and urged constituents to back the poppy appeal.
“At David’s funeral last year his daughter, Kyra and her friends made some special poppies in memory of her father, and I was honoured to be given one of these by Kyra,” she said.
“This year I will wear that Poppy as a personal reminder of the sacrifice that David, and so many others made on our behalf.
“The Royal British Legion provides a remarkable service in caring for serving soldiers and veterans. It plays a tremendously important role in so many aspects of their lives. The recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq serve as an all too tragic reminder of the loss and suffering that our Armed Forces endure, and the level of support that they require when they come home from those war zones.
“Indeed, many service men and women who served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles are still coming to terms with the physical and mental injuries that were inflicted during that dreadful time. Many members of the RUC, UDR, Royal Irish Regiment and the PSNI lost their lives, or were injured during the Troubles, and they and their families are still dealing with the aftermath.”