I had serious doubts about watching anything to do with commemorating the outbreak of World War One but the twilight ceremony from the Saint Symphorien Military Cemetery in Belgium on August 4th, though very poignant, gave me a sense of hope that maybe, just maybe lessons might be learned from history about the futility of war.
To see representatives from both sides of World War One stand side by side to mourn the loss of the millions who were killed and injured was heartwarming and, yes, it was great to see our very own Irish President, Michael D. Higgins, represent us with such dignity.
War has always terrified me and seemed so futile. Growing up here in Ireland during The Troubles was a dreadful experience ~ especially as we lived very near the border for many of the worst years.
However intractable a situation may seem, and the Irish situation, seemed utterly hopeless at times, it is incumbent on all to recognise that ‘talking’ not ‘killing’ is the way forward in this world that we all share.
As I walked along the shore this morning here in Co. Waterford with only the waves breaking and the gulls calling to break the silence, I so, so wished that all those who are currently going through the living hell that is war could know this peace.
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. ( Mother Teresa)