Fuchsia flag raised to support defence forces ex-service personnel

Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Michael Smyth, and members of Mayo County Council and ex-service members, at the raising of the Fuchsia Flag  in support of  Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann, The Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel. Photo: Conor McKeown.

Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Michael Smyth, and members of Mayo County Council and ex-service members, at the raising of the Fuchsia Flag in support of Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann, The Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel. Photo: Conor McKeown.

The ONE Fuchsia Flag was raised by the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Michael Smyth, at the front of Áras an Chontae on Friday, September 1 and will fly until October 1 in support of veterans of the Irish Defence Forces.

The ceremony was also attended by members of ONE (Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann ) Mayo Branch together with the Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Kevin Kelly and Director of Services, Catherine McConnell.

The main objective of ONE is to ensure the welfare of ex-service personnel by providing accommodation to homeless, elderly or disabled members in need and other assistance that may be required.

ONE runs the Fuchsia Appeal annually to raise funds for their charitable endeavours, namely the provision of accommodation and other assistance to ex-service personnel in need.

The Cathaoirleach, Cllr Michael Smyth, a past Defence Forces Member, stated: "As we commemorate those who served their county at home and abroad, it is important to acknowledge the sacrifices made by Irish Defence Forces personnel over its proud history. The support generated through the Fuchsia Appeal is vitally important to ONE and their continued support of veterans who have fallen on hard times."

Although the main drive of the appeal takes place during the month of July, which is the month of the National Day of Commemoration, donations are welcome at any time and may be made at www.one-veterans.org/one-connect-donate/ To learn more about ONE, please visit www.one-veterans.org

 

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