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Remembrance: Thousands honour war dead in Northern Ireland

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 14/11/2011

First Division HW Welders v Loughgall, Loughgall observe a minutes silence for Remembrance Day.
First Division HW Welders v Loughgall, Loughgall observe a minutes silence for Remembrance Day.
National Day of Remembrance at the cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall as Hundreds of people gather to pay tribute to the memory of those who Died in The Great war and The World war.Royal Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal D.M Niven, C.B, C.B.E
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 13th November 2011 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.comNational Day of Remembrance at the cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall as Hundreds of people gather to pay tribute to the memory of those who Died in The Great war and The World war.The Deputy Lord Mayor, Alderman Ruth Patterson and The First Minister, The Rt Ron Peter Robinson.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 13th November 2011 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.comNational Day of Remembrance at the cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall as Hundreds of people gather to pay tribute to the memory of those who Died in The Great war and The World war.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 13th November 2011 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.comNational Day of Remembrance at the cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall as Hundreds of people gather to pay tribute to the memory of those who Died in The Great war and The World war.The Secrerary of State, The Rt ROn Owen Patterson.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 13th November 2011 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.comNational Day of Remembrance at the cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall as Hundreds of people gather to pay tribute to the memory of those who Died in The Great war and The World war.
©/Pearcemedia- 13th November 2011 Pearcemedia Northern Ireland -Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark PearceBessbrook Remembrance Service . COUNCILLOR John Feehan 'left' layed a wreath on behalf of the Newry and Mourne District Council at the Bessbrook Rememberance Sunday.
©/Pearcemedia- 13th November 2011 Pearcemedia Northern Ireland -Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark PearceBessbrook Remembrance Service . THE wreath-laying party at Rememberance Sunday in Bessbrook.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 13th November 2011 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.comNational Day of Remembrance at the cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall as Hundreds of people gather to pay tribute to the memory of those who Died in The Great war and The World war.The Deputy Lord Mayor, Alderman Ruth Patterson.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 13th November 2011 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.comNational Day of Remembrance at the cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall as Hundreds of people gather to pay tribute to the memory of those who Died in The Great war and The World war.South Belfast MP and SDLP Leader Alasdair McDonnell.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 13th November 2011 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.comNational Day of Remembrance at the cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall as Hundreds of people gather to pay tribute to the memory of those who Died in The Great war and The World war.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 13th November 2011 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.comNational Day of Remembrance at the cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall as Hundreds of people gather to pay tribute to the memory of those who Died in The Great war and The World war.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 13th November 2011 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.comNational Day of Remembrance at the cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall as Hundreds of people gather to pay tribute to the memory of those who Died in The Great war and The World war.The Secretary of State, The Rt Ron Owen Patterson, The Deputy Lord Mayor, Alderman Ruth Patterson and The First Minister, The Rt Ron Peter Robinson.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 13th November 2011 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.comNational Day of Remembrance at the cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall as Hundreds of people gather to pay tribute to the memory of those who Died in The Great war and The World war.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 13th November 2011 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.comNational Day of Remembrance at the cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall as Hundreds of people gather to pay tribute to the memory of those who Died in The Great war and The World war.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 13th November 2011 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.comNational Day of Remembrance at the cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall as Hundreds of people gather to pay tribute to the memory of those who Died in The Great war and The World war.The Deputy Lord Mayor, Alderman Ruth Patterson.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 13th November 2011 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.comNational Day of Remembrance at the cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall as Hundreds of people gather to pay tribute to the memory of those who Died in The Great war and The World war.PSNI, Chief Constable Matt Baggott C.B.E, Q.P.M
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 13th November 2011 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.comNational Day of Remembrance at the cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall as Hundreds of people gather to pay tribute to the memory of those who Died in The Great war and The World war.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 13th November 2011 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.comNational Day of Remembrance at the cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall as Hundreds of people gather to pay tribute to the memory of those who Died in The Great war and The World war.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 13th November 2011 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.comNational Day of Remembrance at the cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall as Hundreds of people gather to pay tribute to the memory of those who Died in The Great war and The World war.Royal Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal D.M Niven, C.B, C.B.E
©/Pearcemedia- 13th November 2011 Pearcemedia Northern Ireland -Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark PearceMajor John Gough, President of the Newry Branch of the Royal British Legion pauses to remember. Remembrance Sunday,Wreath Laying Service, Royal British Legion, Newry Branch Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce
©/Pearcemedia- 13th November 2011 Pearcemedia Northern Ireland -Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark PearceWreath bearersRemembrance Sunday,Wreath Laying Service, Royal British Legion, Newry Branch Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce
©/Pearcemedia- 13th November 2011 Pearcemedia Northern Ireland -Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark Pearcethe last post is sounded Remembrance Sunday,Wreath Laying Service, Royal British Legion, Newry Branch Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce
©/Pearcemedia- 13th November 2011 Pearcemedia Northern Ireland -Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark PearceFlag Bearer raises the standard following the last stand being played. Remembrance Sunday,Wreath Laying Service, Royal British Legion, Newry Branch Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce
©/Pearcemedia- 13th November 2011 Pearcemedia Northern Ireland -Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark PearceWreath Bearers at the service . Remembrance Sunday,Wreath Laying Service, Royal British Legion, Newry Branch Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce
©/Pearcemedia- 13th November 2011 Pearcemedia Northern Ireland -Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark PearceThe last post as sounded by members of the Commons Silver Band.Remembrance Sunday,Wreath Laying Service, Royal British Legion, Newry Branch Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce
©/Pearcemedia- 13th November 2011 Pearcemedia Northern Ireland -Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark PearceThe standards are lowered in remembrance.Remembrance Sunday,Wreath Laying Service, Royal British Legion, Newry Branch Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce
©/Pearcemedia- 13th November 2011 Pearcemedia Northern Ireland -Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark PearceWreath Bearers from Windsor Hill Primary School , Mark Barlow and Danielle Henning . Remembrance Sunday,Wreath Laying Service, Royal British Legion, Newry Branch Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce
©/Pearcemedia- 13th November 2011 Pearcemedia Northern Ireland -Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark PearceMajor John Gough, President of the Newry Branch of the Royal British LegionRemembrance Sunday,Wreath Laying Service, Royal British Legion, Newry Branch Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce
©/Pearcemedia- 13th November 2011 Pearcemedia Northern Ireland -Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark PearceWreath Bearers from Windsor Hill Primary School , Mark Barlow and Danielle Henning . Remembrance Sunday,Wreath Laying Service, Royal British Legion, Newry Branch Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce
©/Pearcemedia- 13th November 2011 Pearcemedia Northern Ireland -Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark PearceNewry service. Remembrance Sunday,Wreath Laying Service, Royal British Legion, Newry Branch Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce
©/Pearcemedia- 13th November 2011 Pearcemedia Northern Ireland -Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark PearceMajor John Gough, President of the Newry Branch of the Royal British LegionRemembrance Sunday,Wreath Laying Service, Royal British Legion, Newry Branch Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce
©/Pearcemedia- 13th November 2011 Pearcemedia Northern Ireland -Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark PearceRemembrance Sunday,Wreath Laying Service, Royal British Legion, Newry Branch Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce
Formr servicemen on parade the Cenotaph in Londonderry on Remembrance Sunday. PIcture Martin McKeown. 13.11.11
Bertie Lynch, President of the Waterside Branch of the Royal British Legion pictured at the Cenotaph in Londonderry on Remembrance Sunday. PIcture Martin McKeown. 13.11.11
William Loughlin pictured at the Cenotaph in Londonderry on Remembrance Sunday. PIcture Martin McKeown. 13.11.11
Standard Bearers pictured at the Cenotaph in Londonderry on Remembrance Sunday. PIcture Martin McKeown. 13.11.11
Pupils from Lisneal College, Foyle College and a member of the Red Cross pictured at the Cenotaph in Londonderry on Remembrance Sunday. PIcture Martin McKeown. 13.11.11
Caitlin Warke from the Cathedral Youth Club pictured at the Cenotaph in Londonderry on Remembrance Sunday. PIcture Martin McKeown. 13.11.11
Naval Cadets pictured at the Cenotaph in Londonderry on Remembrance Sunday. PIcture Martin McKeown. 13.11.11
Standard Bearers pictured at the Cenotaph in Londonderry on Remembrance Sunday. PIcture Martin McKeown. 13.11.11
First Minister Peter Robinson lays a wreath during the Remembrance Day service at the cenotaph in Belfast city centre. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 13, 2011. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
Crosses planted at the cenotaph in Belfast city centre during the Remembrance Day service. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 13, 2011. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
Mosside GB and BB on parade for Remembrance Day at Mosside Presbyterian Church. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA
Mosside GB and BB on parade for Remembrance Day at Mosside Presbyterian Church. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA
©/Pearcemedia- 13th November 2011 Pearcemedia Northern Ireland -Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark Pearcea small section of those who attended the newry service.Remembrance Sunday,Wreath Laying Service, Royal British Legion, Newry Branch Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce
Kathleen Elliott and Dermot Dallas lower the standards at Ballycastle act of Remembrance on Sunday Morning. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA
remembrance day at Ballycastle. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA
Cllr Sandra Hunter vice chair of Moyle District Council leads the service of Remembrance at Ballycastle. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA
Roland Wysner lays a wreath for the Merchant Navy at Ballycastle. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA
Chrstopher McCaughan lays a wreath on behalf of the Marconi Radio Group at Ballycastle for wireless operators who lost their leives during the world wars. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA
Laying wreaths at the unknown soldiers graves at Bonamargy Abby Ballycastle on Sunday morning. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA
Laying wreaths at the unknown soldiers graves at Bonamargy Abby Ballycastle on Sunday morning. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA
Jackie Wysner Park lays a cross at the unkniown soldiers graves at Bonamargy Abbey. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA
William Loughlin pictured at the Cenotaph in Londonderry on Remembrance Sunday. PIcture Martin McKeown. 13.11.11
Chelsea Pensioner Jim Harrison pictured at the Cenotaph in Londonderry on Remembrance Sunday. PIcture Martin McKeown. 13.11.11
The Mayor, Alderman Maurice Devenney pictured at the Cenotaph in Londonderry on Remembrance Sunday. PIcture Martin McKeown. 13.11.11
Nine years old Sarah Caldwell from Drumahoe pictured at the the Cenotaph in Londonderry on Remembrance Sunday. PIcture Martin McKeown. 13.11.11
June Harvey and Irene Hunter from the Royal British Legion Ladies Branch pictured at the Cenotaph in Londonderry on Remembrance Sunday. PIcture Martin McKeown. 13.11.11
June Harvey and Irene Hunter from the Royal British Legion Ladies Branch pictured at the Cenotaph in Londonderry on Remembrance Sunday. PIcture Martin McKeown. 13.11.11

People across Northern Ireland fell silent yesterday as poignant ceremonies were held to remember the fallen.

Thousands bowed their heads in quiet reflection as a two-minute tribute was observed to honour the dead of two world wars and other conflicts.

In Belfast, the Deputy Lord Mayor Ruth Patterson and Olympic heroine Dame Mary |Peters led a wreath-laying ceremony at the City Hall.

Security was tight as the city centre came to a standstill for the hour-long event.

Among those attending the ceremony were the First Minister Peter Robinson, Secretary of State Owen Paterson and PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott.

Mr Robinson said it was important that people remembered the sacrifices that had been given for the freedom we enjoy today.

“That is right up to date now with the war in Afghanistan and the sacrifices that have been made there,” he said. “It was an especially poignant and moving occasion today.”

Mrs Patterson, who led the proceedings in the absence of Sinn Fein Lord Mayor Niall O Donnghaile, said she was privileged and honoured to have taken part.

Also present was SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell.

He, however, chose not to follow the precedent set by Margaret Ritchie last year by wearing a poppy.

Veterans also took part in the Remembrance Day ceremony in Newtownards, Co Down.

In Dublin, Irish President Michael D Higgins attended the annual Remembrance Day service at St Patrick's Cathedral.

It was his first official engagement since his inauguration day on Friday.

One of the most poignant ceremonies took place in Enniskillen, where an IRA bomb attack in 1987 claimed the lives of 11 people.

Army cadets and veterans' associations were among those who took part in the traditional parade ahead of the service.

Stormont minister Arlene Foster and Ulster Unionist leader Tom Elliott, both MLAs for the area, were among dignitaries who laid wreaths.

The town's cenotaph was rebuilt after the bomb, with 11 doves to represent those who died in the terrorist attack.

In Coleraine, the family of Ranger Aaron McCormick, who was killed in Afghanistan on Remembrance Sunday last year, laid wreaths at the war memorial in The Diamond.

And in Bangor, Gordon and Susan Dalzell laid a wreath in memory of their son, Ranger David Dalzell, who died in Afghanistan in February.

Among those taking part in the Remembrance Service in Armagh were the Earl of Caledon, Lord Lieutenant of Co Armagh, and Rodney Hunter, president of the local Royal British Legion branch.

In Tyrone, an inter-denominational service was held in Omagh Academy followed by wreath-laying at the town’s cenotaph.

In Londonderry, the main service was led by Dean of Derry, Dr William Morton.

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