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Tuesday 16 September 2014

A 'poignant, powerful' day

David Tucker

Published 31/12/2013 | 05:34

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BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron and Taoiseach Enda Kenny paid tribute to Wexford's best known soldier Major Willie Redmond and other fallen Irishmen during a visit to Irish and British World War One memorials in Flanders recently.

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BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron and Taoiseach Enda Kenny paid tribute to Wexford's best known soldier Major Willie Redmond and other fallen Irishmen during a visit to Irish and British World War One memorials in Flanders recently.

The Taoiseach described the visit as 'poignant and powerful'.

During a carefully balanced schedule, the two prime ministers spent three hours visiting the most solemn and symbolically important World War I sites, with both men acknowledging the sacrifice of the war dead from the other's country.

Mr. Kenny became the first ever Taoiseach to lay a wreath at a British and Commonwealth cemetery.

Mr. Cameron bowed his head at the grave of Willie Redmond, who was killed on the Western Front in 1917.

'It's very striking when you stand there and look at the names of your own country people who fought in what was supposed to be the war to end all wars, and the senseless slaughter that occurred, and to visit the graveyards and see the names.

'It is very poignant and very powerful,' said Mr. Kenny.

In the visitor's book next to Willie Redmond's grave, Mr Cameron wrote: 'It is an honour to visit with the Irish PM to commemorate all those who gave their lives in the cause of freedom, including this historic site.'

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