On this day 70 years ago, 900 people died in the Belfast Blitz. Taken with the fatalities from a subsequent bomb raid, the death toll in just two nights was almost one third of those killed during the decades of the Troubles. Such horror is unimaginable to those of us born after the war.
Every year we hold remembrance services for those who fell while serving in the army, navy or airforce. Surely now is the time to erect a memorial to all those civilians who died, to recognise their sacrifice and to remind current generations of what war really meant. At the same time perhaps renewed efforts could be made to identify the 154 unknown casualties buried in mass graves. We should remember them too at the closing of the day.