Published Monday, 05 August 2013
Fallen service people were remembered at the gathering. (© UTV)
It was held at St Anne's Cathedral on Sunday evening. The service remembered those from NI and beyond who have been killed on duty.
Dean Reverend John Mann said: "This city, that has seen so much division and still periodically consumes itself in fruitless and destructive violent protest and individual sectarian attacks, is, nonetheless, a place of healing.
"It is not healed, it is a place of healing; it is not that we forget the past or have managed to overcome every frustration, but it is a place that we are training ourselves, year by year and month by month, to remember what has gone in a way that acknowledges the suffering of others as well as our own.
"It is not that we are in a city that cannot face its problems, actually, life in Belfast is vibrant and forward-looking and has many amazing people who are doing wonderful work, but we are learning that, seeking a shared future, involves being comfortable in our own skin as well as understanding others in theirs, and that it has to work both ways; it involves boldness and risk and sensitivity and a willingness to be criticised by those who are not ready for change, perhaps for very good reasons."
Almost 7,000 athletes from 67 countries are taking part in 10 days of sporting competition at venues in Belfast and across the region as part of the emergency services Games.
Top ranking officers attended the multi-faith service alongside politicians and members of the public, where hymns were sung by the Cathedral choir and by the Belfast Gospel Choir.
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