Lise Hand: Two nations unite in honour of war dead
THERE was complete silence as the two leaders stood side by side, heads bowed, contemplating the memorial before them. A grey stone cross, about six feet high, was planted in the soil.
Above it, a glass case containing a white statue of the Virgin Mary was suspended. At the base of the cross fluttered a small, grainy black-and-white photograph of the soldier buried below -- Major Willie Redmond, who died from his wounds on June 7, 1917, at the age of 56.
The face which stared palely back from almost 100 years ago echoed so many ghostly images from the Great War; a serious face with a neat moustache and an impeccable uniform.