Monday 11 December 2017

Innocent victims of war recalled at annual service


Remembrance Day at St Patrick's Cathedral
Remembrance Day at St Patrick's Cathedral

WAR'S "brutality and inhumanity" were recalled at the annual Remembrance Day ceremony in Dublin to honour servicemen and women who died in conflicts.

Events to mark the day were held elsewhere in Ireland, as well as the UK and farther afield.

The congregation at St Patrick's Cathedral, which included President Michael D Higgins, Tanaiste Joan Burton and other dignitaries from home and abroad, were also asked to remember the innocent civilians who have died in fighting over the last 100 years.

The Rev Michael Roemmele, who delivered the sermon, paid special tribute to all the refugees who died trying to escape fighting, including three-year-old Aylan Kurdi who drowned in the Mediterr- anean in September.

"The death of that little boy was the catalyst which inspired politicians to sit around a table and start working together to find ways to bring an end to the senseless loss of the innocent, so often dehumanised by the term 'collateral damage'," he said.

He added that it was right to honour fallen members of the armed forces but wrong to "sanitise war". Mr Higgins laid a wreath as part of the ceremony.

Afterwards, Ms Burton welcomed the attendance of Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh, the first time a Sinn Fein holder of the office had done so.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny attended the memorial service in Enniskillen, where he laid a wreath 28 years after the IRA bombed the ceremony there.

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