NORTHERN Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers said her thoughts on Remembrance Day were with the family of Channing Day, the army medic from Comber who was killed in Afghanistan.
Ms Villiers was speaking at a reception in Hillsborough Castle in recognition of the Operation Service of Army Medical Services Northern Ireland, organised by Health Minister Edwin Poots.
“On this Remembrance Sunday it is fitting that we make Hillsborough Castle available for this reception in recognition of the tremendous service provided by the Army Medical Services of Northern Ireland in all theatres of conflict,” she said.
“Without their courage and tremendous skills many of our soldiers would not return from the field of battle. They make a huge contribution to saving lives and many service personnel owe them a large debt of gratitude.
“This is also a very sad day for the Operation Service of Army Medical Services Northern Ireland as we remember their fallen friend and colleague Corporal Channing Day who paid the ultimate price.
“Our thoughts in particular are with her family at this time.”
She added: “I would like to join the Minister Edwin Poots in congratulating the Operation Service of Army Medical Services NI for their wonderful efforts and extend to them and their families my good wishes for the future.”