This weekend, in Ireland, there are many parades and ceremonies commemorating the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. I’m not Irish and even though we’ve been here for 15 years there are certain things I steer well clear of as I don’t always agree with the way memories of past occurrences are perpetuated.
Yes, I know there will be many who say I have no right to express an opinion. However, I’d love to see a balanced approach to the interpretation of events of yesteryear and how forgiveness and acceptance is needed to help heal old scars. I respect history and the lessons that are there for all to learn. I also respect that many lives were lost in the pursuit of Irish Freedom, on home soil and abroad.
The Irish Flag flying proudly over the statue of the “Children of Lir” in the Garden of Remembrance is a proud reminder of history’s lessons. Yes, let us think on the lessons of the past and celebrate freedom with the people of Ireland. After all, freedom is what really keeps us together so to value that precious gift is to accept that tolerance and forgiveness is part and parcel of maintaining freedom!