Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Fionola is off the mark on Cenotaph

I was totally sickened by Fionola Meredith's column about the possible solution to the issue of flying the Union flag at the Cenotaph in Belfast (Comment, January 9).

There was no conscription in Northern Ireland during the Second World War, so unionists and nationalists alike could have chosen to remain neutral, like the Irish Free State. But they chose to fight for Britain.

Unionists are not "laying nakedly political, opportunistic claim to the Cenotaph". This memorial is in honour of all who died fighting for Britain.

Where is the "profound affront" in remembering them with the national flag of Britain, of which Northern Ireland is still part? Think again, Fionola.

JOY SMYTH

Londonderry

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