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First Minister honours RUC's fallen heroes

Published 21/10/2016

First Minister Arlene Foster with chairman Brian Rea, trustee Stephen White and guide Michael Wilson during a visit to the RUC George Cross Foundation Memorial Garden in east Belfast
First Minister Arlene Foster with chairman Brian Rea, trustee Stephen White and guide Michael Wilson during a visit to the RUC George Cross Foundation Memorial Garden in east Belfast
First Minister Arlene Foster with Margaret Garvin and Marion Sterrett

First Minister Arlene Foster has described a visit to a memorial garden to fallen police officers as an “incredibly poignant and personal experience”.

The DUP leader received a tour of the Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross Foundation Garden at Brooklyn in east Belfast.

It was created as a tribute to policing in Northern Ireland and in particular to the service and sacrifice of RUC officers.

Mrs Foster said she found the experience “truly humbling”.

“To see at first-hand the names of those officers who served for the RUC and sacrificed their lives was an incredibly poignant and personal experience,” she added.

“This garden provides a place of reflection and serenity for family members and the public to come and pay their respects to the service and sacrifice of RUC officers over many decades. I commend the hard work of all the volunteers to keep their tranquil retreat as special as it is.”

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