The Presbyterian Moderator was among the dignitaries at Ireland's National Day of Commemoration in Dublin yesterday.
The annual event sees the Republic remember Irishmen and Irishwomen who lost their lives in past wars, or on service with the Irish Defence Forces with the United Nations.
Attending his first state event as Moderator, Rt Rev Dr David Bruce joined Taoiseach Micheal Martin, guests and the Irish President, Michael D Higgins, who led a scaled back service.
Dr Bruce read from Paul's letter to the Ephesians. He said: "Jesus is the ultimate reconciler, the epitome of peace, which is outworked through us in very real and practical ways, as we are called to be peacemakers. When our history is conflicted, as ours has been, how we feel and speak about the past can weave the very fabric of our future."
Moderators have attended each of the commemorations since the 1980s, when they were initiated.