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Ierse president op bezoek / Irish President visits Wijtschate - 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 de receptie te Wijtschate op het einde van het bezoek.

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.

Please find below some pictures of the reception at Wijtschate at the end of the visit.

The president greets the members of the city of Heuvelland (Wijtschate is part of Heuvelland).

Address by Bernard Heens, mayor of Heuvelland.

A gift for the president McAleese

who thanked everyone who contributed in the organisation of the visit.

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