40th anniversary of the standing down of the Ulster Special Constabulary.
It is only right that the people of Ulster should use this anniversary to pause and reflect on the dedication and sacrifice given by so many in the maintenance of law and order in Northern Ireland from 1921 to 1970.
During years of sterling and committed service these men stood shoulder to shoulder with our country’s armed forces and the people of Northern Ireland in the defence of a democratic way of life. They emerged to defend us all from the threat of terrorism directed at the newly emerging Northern Ireland in 1921, played a crucial role as part of the Home Guard movement during the Second World War, defended peace and democracy from the ravages of the terrorist threat between 1956 – 1962 and again during the early years of the current terrorist threat to Northern Ireland.
As part of this selfless service many paid the supreme sacrifice with 246 names currently recorded on the USC memorial at Lichfield.
On this 40th anniversary I would like to pay personal tribute to all those who served in the Ulster Special Constabulary and their families demonstrating that they and their contribution have not been forgotten by a grateful Ulster people.”
Drew Nelson LL.B
Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland
30 April 2010