Someone said :
Do you think unionists will be holding commemerations for the IRA in a Hundred years time.? Israel having a parade for the Nazi's.? forgiveness & moving on from the past is one thing but, holding parades to honour your oppressors is something entirely different.
And by the way there is an urban legend that the unknown soldier under the Arc de Triomphe might be German...
And a former French president voiced his unease when German boots were invited at the parades commemorating the common and violent history they shared... but still it happened.
Remembering that there were good men on both sides, and that each death on either one side did not mean a win for anyone but a loss for all. That’s not the same as glorifying murderers and their crimes, which SF has never been shy of doing.
Even Ian and Martin ended up on the right side of history after an incomplete but necessary remembrance and reconciliation exercise.
In 2016, a commemoration did not raise so many eyebrows: https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/memorial-to-fallen-royal-ir etc ...
One of the most touching moments of the past year’s commemorations happened 100 years to the minute after the first fatality in the Easter 1916 Rising.
Those who had gathered were left pleasantly overwhelmed when a young girl asked if she may lay flowers alongside the wreaths placed at the gates of Dublin Castle in honour of fallen Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) constable James O’Brien.
It was not so much the gesture at what was already a moving short ceremony, but Freya Connolly’s identity, which marked the moment out as special. Her family explained that she was the great-grandniece of Sean Connolly, the Irish Citizen Army member who had shot dead Constable O’Brien and who was killed himself nearby hours later.
“We were all flabbergasted and delighted at the same time,” said retired garda Jim Herlihy, one of those who helped organise the event last April.