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Veterans mark 75th anniversary of arrival of GIs in Northern Ireland

Caroline Brown, chair of the Belfast Jazz Orchestra, and GI Alan Hamilton at Belfast City Council's age-friendly Swing Dance at the Ulster Hall
Caroline Brown, chair of the Belfast Jazz Orchestra, and GI Alan Hamilton at Belfast City Council's age-friendly Swing Dance at the Ulster Hall
World War II veterans Teddy Dixon, front left, who served in the US Army and Bill Eames who served with the RAF, meet with Belfast Lord Mayor Brian Kingston along with Wartime Living History Association members Noel McGillion, Phil Adams, Matthew Magee and TA Morgan dressed as World War II US Army soldiers at the Belfast Harbour Commissioners Office
Wartime Living History Association members Noel McGillion, Phil Adams, Matthew Magee and TA Morgan dressed as World War II US Army soldiers

By Cate McCurry

World War Two veterans attended a service yesterday to mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of hundreds of thousands of US troops in Northern Ireland.

More than 300,000 GIs were stationed here during the war as they prepared to be deployed across Europe and Africa.

A reception to commemorate the anniversary was held at the Belfast Harbour Commissioners Office yesterday where footage of the US troops landing in Northern Ireland was shown.

Among those attending the Northern Ireland War Memorial event was US Army veteran Teddy Dixon (96), who was born in New York. "My mother and father were originally from Northern Ireland and we moved back here when I was five," he said. "I joined the US Army in 1944 and fought in a number of battles."

He was joined by 93-year-old Bill Eames from Enniskillen, who served with the Royal Air Force from the age of 17.

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