Saturday 18 November 2017

Honour those lost from all nations

Tom Cooper's reference (Letters, March 29) to the Annual National Day of Commemoration in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin, which was initiated to honour Irishmen and Irishwomen who died in past wars or on service with the United Nations, as being respectful and dignified has much merit.

However, this exclusive and politically correct epitaph does not recognise the vital contribution made by foreign nationals to Ireland's survival during the emergency period 1939-46.

In particular, the sacrifice of those seafarers from other countries who lost their lives on British and allied merchant ships contracted by the Irish Government to bring supplies to Ireland during that time are seemingly forgotten.

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