As part of a UK Government First World War Centenary campaign, commemorative paving stones are being laid at the birth places of every Victoria Cross (VC) recipient of the First World War. These commemorative paving stones are being laid over a period of four years from 2014 until 2018, and provide a lasting legacy in remembrance of those who gave their lives in the First World War.
The UK Government provides the paving stone, and looks to local councils or community groups create an event around it. This has worked really well, with Councils and local groups working together to create thoughtful, inclusive commemorative events around the unveiling of the paving stones.
There are eight stones for recipients born in what is now Northern Ireland - six have been laid to date with two to follow in 2018. 32 stones have also been provided for all the VC recipients from across the island of Ireland, which are being unveiled in stages at Glasnevin cemetery.
What worked well and what, if anything, didn't?
This project has further contributed to reconciliation and a sense of our shared history, with many VC paving stone ceremonies including those from all communities and backgrounds, with attendance by representatives from both UK and Irish Governments.
Submitted by Northern Ireland Office/Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade