Yesterday was an historic day for the world. The reigning monarch of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth II, paid an official visit to the Republic of Ireland. I never thought I would see this day in my lifetime. There has been such animosity between these two countries for thousands of years that, as an Irish-American, I was truly amazed that this event occurred. And the Queen wore emerald green as well!
No English monarch has been on Irish soil in over 100 years, what with the revolution and “troubles.” But here was Queen Elizabeth at 85 years old visiting Ireland and laying a wreath at the monument to those who fought against the British early in the 20th century. It was a momentous event.
Perhaps most of us have finally reached the point that we can get along together, especially these two island nations that are so close to each other and whose histories are forever linked dur to the persecution and revolutions that have occurred. Enough time has past to heal old wounds.
I have to give much credit to Queen Elizabeth who went to Ireland despite the fact that her favorite cousin had been murdered by a bomb on his boat some years ago by rebels who cannot let go of their dream of a united Ireland. No one knows if this will ever happen, but a start at normal relations has begun.
Thank you, God, for this momentous day.
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