Following the Freedom of the Borough ceremony for the Duke of Lancaster’s regiment on Saturday 22nd October, West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper said:
"With union jacks waving, young children hanging on to the railings; veterans in their uniforms and medals, to see three generations of families lining the streets of Ormskirk town centre to cheer our brave soldiers through the streets tells you all you need to know about what we think of our armed forces and the job they do for us. We can never begin to fully repay them for what they do to protect us and our way of life.
"It was a real honour and a great privilege to be part of the Freedom of the Borough ceremony for the Duke of Lancaster regiment. It is a day that will live long in the memory. When you are having difficult days at home or at work, what Brigadier Mike Griffiths and his men have had to deal with put it all into perspective.
"The nine men within the regiment who made the ultimate sacrifice losing their lives in battle; and the many others who will carry the scars of war with them for the rest of their lives were also remembered and Saturday was as much to commemorate their memory as to celebrate those who returned home.
"There are not words appropriate enough to truly capture the level of gratitude we owe these soldiers. Awarding them the Freedom of the Borough is the highest recognition we can officially bestow from our community but I think the reception the people of West Lancashire gave those young men just showed what it means to know they serve to protect us.