Crosses exhibited to honour WWI soldiers

Crosses exhibited to honour WWI soldiers

Commemorative crosses have been displayed at Belfast City Hall to remember local soldiers who fought in the First World War.

A service was held on Saturday for the fallen buried at Milltown cemetery and Belfast city cemetery.It took place 97 years to the day since the 16th Irish Division and 36th Ulster Division fought together to break through German lines.The crosses representing over 400 men and one woman were marked with poppies and shamrocks.Attending was SDLP Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon, who told those at the ceremony that it was in tribute "to the brave men to whom we owe an untold gratitude for laying down their lives for the freedom and democracy we enjoy today"."They represent the stories of people from right across Belfast - who gave their lives during the First World War," she added."I think the crosses, first of all remind us of that sacrifice that was made, but I think it also reminds us what we have in common and the joint symbolism of the poppy and the shamrock is very fitting and I think is very moving."

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