Service honours Irish veterans
Published 08/06/2014 | 02:30
THE Irishmen who took part in World War Two were honoured at a commemoration ceremony in Monkstown Parish Church, Dublin yesterday afternoon.
Commemorations took place around the globe this weekend to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing in Normandy, which saw more than 150,000 allied soldiers risk their lives in order to stop Hitler's Third Reich.
The Dublin ceremony, which was the only commemoration to mark the D-Day anniversary in Ireland, was organised by the Royal British Legion's Dun Laoghaire Branch.
"Some Irish men joined up purely out of economic need, as times were bad here," organiser George English told the Sunday Independent.
"But the actions of Germany at that time also stirred the blood of a lot of young Irishmen to go over there and fight, to help prevent the war from coming here."
Irish survivors of the war – Wing Commander Jack Simpson (94), Leading Aircraftman Albert Sutton (93) and Bombadier Ken McLean (93) attended yesterday's service amongst a number of their fellow veterans.