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President Higgins in Belgium for WW1 commemorations

The heads of state of 15 other nations will be in attendance.

The unveiling of the Commonwealth Cross of Sacrifice at Glasnevin Cemetery last week.
The unveiling of the Commonwealth Cross of Sacrifice at Glasnevin Cemetery last week.
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

PRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins will attend events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War World War I in Belgium today.

President Higgins be joined by the heads of state of 15 other nations at the ceremony hosted by the King and Queen of Belgium in Liege.

Over seventy countries have been invited to attend the commemorations at the Monument Interalliés at Cointe.

Later this evening, the president and his wife Sabina will attend the First World War Commemorative Service hosted by the United Kingdom in Mons.

The UK ceremony is being held at the St. Symphorien Military Cemetery which is the resting place of soliders from Britain, Ireland, Canada, Belgium and Germany.

Read: The story of my great grandfather who died in WWI: Patrick Carroll, Gunner 100938 >

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