The members of the Belfast Humanist Group would like to thank the Lord Mayor, Councillor Pat Convery, and the Royal British Legion NI, for granting our request to be included in the Remembrance ceremony at the Cenotaph.
This year is the first time that Humanists have been included in the Remembrance ceremony in Belfast.
Humanists now feel that the service and sacrifices of non-religious people are being granted the same respect and recognition as is shown to others. Since more than 20,000 current UK armed forces personnel have registered themselves as of no religion, there are good grounds for including Humanists in Remembrance ceremonies.
The Humanist wreath-laying delegation consisted of Lynda Foy (whose father served in the army); Iain DeBoys and Lt Col JN Scott TD, RAMC (who served in Iraq). Another member of the Belfast Humanist Group is Bill Vance (86) a veteran of the WW2 Burma campaign.
The wreath laid by the Humanists carried the inscription: "For those who gave their lives for us. We shall remember them. On behalf of all Humanists in Northern Ireland and the UK Armed Forces Humanist Association."
We would also wish to thank the UK Armed Forces Humanist Association (www.armedforceshumanists.org.uk) for their help and encouragement.
Belfast Humanist Group