The President attended the Armistice Day centenary commemorations at Glasnevin Cemetery, in memory of the thousands of Irish men and women who died in the First World War.
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In 2014, President Higgins and HRH the Duke of Kent unveiled a Cross of Sacrifice to honour Ireland’s war dead at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. The Cross of Sacrifice at Glasnevin was the first to be erected in the Republic of Ireland and honours servicemen who died in the First and Second World Wars.
On that occasion, the President said:
"We cannot give back their lives to the dead, nor whole bodies to those who were wounded, or repair the grief, undo the disrespect that was sometimes shown to those who fought or their families.”