Easter lily launched

Geraldine O'Donnell, Paul Fleming, and Lynn Fleming pictured at the launch of the Easter lily badge at the republican memorial at Rose Court. (1904MM01)
Geraldine O'Donnell, Paul Fleming, and Lynn Fleming pictured at the launch of the Easter lily badge at the republican memorial at Rose Court. (1904MM01)

The Derry Republican Graves Association has launched its annual Easter Lily campaign in the city.

Local republicans have been encouraged to wear an Easter Lily over the next week to remember all those who died fighting for Irish freedom.

Speaking at the launch, Sinn Féin councillor Lynn Fleming said; “I would like to thank the Derry Republican Graves Association for asking me to help to launch the annual distribution of the Easter Lily throughout the city.

“The Easter Lily is an emblem of unity between the different traditions within the nation as well as the heroism of those who sacrificed so much in 1916.

“Today in 2011 it symbolises the possibility of unity, equality and prosperity for all the peoples of the island.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to wear the lily to remember with pride our friends and comrades who have given their lives in pursuit of our republican ideals and goals.”

The annual Easter Rising commemoration event will be held in the City Cemetery on Sunday afternoon following a march from Westland Street which will begin at 2.30pm.