The family of volunteer George McBrearty, who was shot and killed by the SAS on May 28, 1981, have thanked all those who attended his commemoration in Creggan last week.
Speaking to the ‘Journal’ the family of George, who was 24 years-old when he died, said they could “never forget” his “sacrifice”.
“We would like to thank all those who took part in this commemoration, those who read, lowered the national flag, Ciaran Carlin who played the lament, the bands and all those who laid wreaths,” said the McBrearty family.
“George for us as a family, was an inspiration. He was fully committed to his principles and ideals. He was assertive and took active steps to live his life in a revolutionary way.
“We appeal to the young people of Derry to ask and learn about the cause and sacrifice that local men and women made in this city, to question why that sacrifice was made and to ensure that the memory of their sacrifice is never airbrushed or re written.”
The family added: “Politicians may talk of dealing with the past.
“For us the family of George, his loss cannot be packed away in some wordy new agreement or forgotten with a handshake. We cannot forget. We must not forget his sacrifice and the sacrifice of all our Republican dead.
“We embarked on the path of organising this commemoration having witnessed other Republican families in the town such as the Meenans, Moynes, Quigleys, McDaids and Duffys who had followed a similar path.
“Our intention was to ensure that George was remembered for who he was and what he died for without any revisionism or attempt at electoral gain.”