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""I learned how destructive and horrible war can be...and how much suffering and pain people from both sides of our community endured..If everyone in Ireland could see what I've seen here, our conflict would be over" "Mary, Community Worker

Annual 7th June Commoration

Since 2009, the International School for Peace Studies (I.S.P.S) has organized a Commemoration Parade on 7th June to mark the joint sacrifices of people throughout our island in the First World War, commemorating particularily their joint sacrfice on 7th June 1917 at the battle of Messines.  This parade has taken place in Londonderry/Derry every year. An additional parade was carried out in Coleraine in 2011.

The short parade culminates at the Cenotaph where people who have participated in the programme perform various pieces in memory of "The Fallen".  Over the years, several have felt confident enough to stand at the Cenotaph and share their "Messines Experience" with others.


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