Ierse president bezoekt Mesen / Irish President visits
Mesen - 09/06/2007
Op zaterdag 9 juni 2007 bracht de Ierse presidente Mary McAleese
een bezoek aan Mesen en Wijtschate. Hieronder een aantal foto's
van het bezoek aan het Ierse
Vredespark te Mesen.
President McAleese has attended the 90th anniversary commemorations
of the Battle of Wijtschaete Messines Ridge in Belgium.
The commemoration acknowledged the supreme efforts of the
men of the 16th Irish Division and the 36th Ulster Division,
who fought and died side by side when taking the German-occupied
Flemish town of Wijtschaete on the 7th of June 1917.
Paying tribute to the fallen, President McAleese said, 'We
know they came from different traditions which had very different
ambitions and yet on these fields their different traditions
were put to one side. They were human beings who had a common
cause and, through each other, they worked for that cause
and showed to each other a goodness, a graciousness, a kindness,
a love, a cherishing of one another. It is a share memory
and we need shared memories.
President McAleese unveiled a Peace
Tower at Messines in November 1998 in the presence of
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Albert, King of the Belgians.
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Arrival of the President and greetings.
Laying of a wreath by the president.
Mayor Sandy Evrard
The Ambassadors of the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
Pictures by Dominique Bascour
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