Lord Mayor, Alderman Gareth Wilson has planted a tree to mark the centenary of the battle of Messines Ridge.
The Lord Mayor who was a guest at the special Messines Ridge centenary commemoration service on the Mall on 11th June kindly agreed to a tree planting request which was held on 27th July in the Palace Park.
Alderman Wilson stated, “It was a real privilege to be able to plant a tree to mark 100 years since the battle of Messines Ridge. Following on from the very fitting and poignant service on the Mall back in June, I felt it was also important that a tribute to the brave men of the 36th Ulster Division and 16th Irish Division who fought side by side in the battle, be installed in the Palace Park.”
He added, “It was a pleasure to welcome members of the various Royal British Legion Branches from across the borough and also fellow Councillors and William Irwin MLA to the planting ceremony. It is fitting that the tree will grow in the Palace grounds and serve as a reminder of the great sacrifices of our soldiers in protecting the freedoms we enjoy today. We will remember them.”