Great War sacrifices must never be forgotten
As the centenary of the First World War approaches, it's worth taking time to reflect on the sacrifice made by the soldiers during the Great War.
On August 4, 1914, at 11pm, Britain declared war on Germany and by the end of the war in 1918 more than 37 million people had been killed or injured.
Therefore, in this modern age it is important that we remember those men who gave their lives so we could live in freedom.
These sacrifices came so close to home, with approximately 49,400 men from Ulster losing their lives in the war.
Men from the 10th and 16th Irish divisions and 36th Ulster division were among the dead.
We must think about the impact that this loss of life had on the soldiers' families and friends – wives left widowed, sons and daughters without fathers, friends without their best mate.
Today the freedom we enjoy was fought for in Flanders fields with courage and a love for their country.
Friends, families and neighbours fighting for people like us, who they will never know. An unbelievable choice was made by these men to give up their lives, leaving behind their loved ones and fight so we could live in liberty.
They truly gave their today for our tomorrow.
Josh Hagans (aged 16)