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Stormont to be lit up in red for Armistice Day

Stormont's Parliament Buildings is to be lit up in red for the first time to mark Armistice Day.

It is one of four days during the year that the Assembly Commission has selected for illuminating the building.

Sinn Fein Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin, who will lead a two minutes' silence in the Great Hall, said it was important to show respect.

He said: "My involvement in First World War commemorations over this last year has only underlined to me the importance that the Assembly should remember and show respect to the fallen.

"Remembrance is very personal, even private, for many.

"As the Speaker representing an Assembly of diverse views, I am conscious that people will mark remembrance in their own ways being influenced by their own different backgrounds and perspectives.

"Remembrance should be a unifying, not a divisive, concept and my focus is to encourage as many people as possible to be involved in remembrance, regardless of how they choose to do it.

"In the First World War thousands of young men and women set aside their differences at home to fight in common cause on foreign battlefields. That is an example that is foremost in my mind at this time of year."

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