11/11/2014 Minister Humphreys marks Remembrance Day with Northern and British counterparts and opens new WW1 exhibition at Glasnevin
The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, will today (Tuesday) be joined by Arlene Foster MLA, Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in the Northern Ireland Executive, and by Dr Andrew Murrison MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office for a special service in Dublin city centre to mark Remembrance Day.
The service will be followed by a wreath laying at the Cross of Sacrifice in Glasnevin Cemetery and the opening of a new World War 1 Exhibition in the Milestone Gallery, Glasnevin Museum.
Remembrance Day, or Armistice Day, is commemorated on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month every year, to mark the ending of World War 1 in 1918. Minister Humphreys invited Dr Murrison MP and Arlene Foster MLA to attend a special service in St Ann’s Church on Dawson Street, in keeping with the Minister’s desire to make the commemorations as inclusive as possible.
Speaking in advance of the events, Minister Humphreys said:
“I am very pleased that Dr Murrison and Minister Foster were in a position to come to Dublin today for what is the latest in a series of events where we have joined with our British and Northern counterparts to remember the men who lost their lives during World War 1.
“Since becoming Minister in July, I have aimed to make the commemorations as inclusive as possible. It is only right that we should come together to remember our forefathers who fought and died side-by-side.
“One of the major goals of the Decade of Centenaries programme is to relate history, not just through the narrative of leaders and heroes, but by bringing to light the experiences of the ordinary people living through extraordinary events.
“The new exhibition at the Glasnevin Museum does just that, through personal artefacts and stories donated by the relatives of those who fought in the war. I would urge anyone who can to come and visit the exhibition over the coming months.”
Today’s events are also being attended by Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke, a number of foreign diplomats including H.E. the British Ambassador Dominick Chilcott, and H.E. the U.S. Ambassador Kevin O’Malley.