On 7 June, the centenary of the start of the Battle of Messines Ridge, an island of Ireland commemoration, jointly led by the Governments of Ireland and the UK, in partnership with the Mayor of Messines, will take place at 14.00 at the island of Ireland Peace Park.
Island of Ireland Peace Park, Messines, Belgium. The ceremony will reflect on the engagement, side by side, of the 36th (Ulster) Division and the 16th (Irish) Division at the Battle of Messines Ridge, the remembrance of which has become an important symbol of reconciliation on the island of Ireland. Expressions of interest are now being sought from individuals interested in attending the ceremony at the Island of Ireland Peace Park, Messines, at 14.00 on 7 June 2017.
Priority will be given to the relatives of those who participated in the battle and persons who can provide demonstrable evidence of a particular interest in or link to the commemoration of the Battle of Messines Ridge, in a context of reconciliation.
In order to register your interest in attending you are kindly asked to submit your details here. You will then be contacted by email to complete an expression of interest form. Given the likely level of interest in attending this ceremony, entrance cannot be guaranteed to all who apply and tickets may be issued through a ballot system.
The closing date for public expressions of interest is Friday 5 May 2017.
From History Ireland: Tom Burke on the Battle of Messines.