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Thursday 22 August 2019

Memorial: Soldiers killed in Flanders remembered

Ceremony: Dublin Lord Mayor Nial Ring, Helen McEntee and Jan Peumans burying soil from Flanders with soil from the four provinces of Ireland. Photo: PA
Ceremony: Dublin Lord Mayor Nial Ring, Helen McEntee and Jan Peumans burying soil from Flanders with soil from the four provinces of Ireland. Photo: PA

A memorial to Irishmen who died in Flanders has been inaugurated in a peace garden.

It is thought more than 49,000 Irishmen died in the conflict, many of whom are buried in northern Belgium. Dublin Lord Mayor Nial Ring and Jan Peumans, speaker of the parliament of Flanders, presided over a ceremony in Dublin which saw the memorial dedicated to all those from the island of Ireland who died in Flanders fields during World War I.

Mr Ring said: "This memorial will serve as a reminder of our long-standing friendship with Flanders and, along with the Tree of Life sculpture, will stand as focal points in the Peace Garden when it officially reopens in the coming weeks."

Nic Van der Marliere, general representative of the government of Flanders to Ireland, said: "The First World War may be 100 years behind us, but the inalienability of the rights of all human beings, respect for freedom and democracy, are as relevant today as they were then."

Irish Independent

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