East Antrim was represented at a service of thanksgiving and rededication for the Battle of Britain in Westminster Abbey on Sunday
Junior Minister Alastair Ross MLA attended the event that marked the victory of RAF pilots and aircrew in the first major campaign fought entirely in the skies, in 1940.
Mr Ross said: “It is a privilege to be here today and represent the First Minister at this important event. The Battle of Britain occurred at one of the darkest moments of World War Two. Today’s service is an apt reminder of the remarkable victory and sacrifice of the airmen who fought in our defence 76 years ago. Of the 2,936 airmen from 15 nations who fought together over 500 lost their lives at the battle, and many more were to die before the end of the war.
“Today is a celebration of their victory but also importantly a commemoration of those who lost their lives. We owe our thanks to the men and women of the RAF service today, the surviving veterans of the battle and all those who gave the supreme sacrifice.
“Remembering and learning from the dreadful consequences of division and conflict is vital if we are to build a better future. We must all continue to dedicate ourselves to strive for peace and justice.”