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The memorial site is also known as the “Irish Peace Park” or the “Irish Peace Tower”.
Nevertheless, visitors can look to the west from the memorial across to the battle area of Wijtschaete / Wijtschate where they were in action.
The design is that of a traditional Irish round tower dating back to the 8th century. As part of the design the inside of the tower is lit up by the sun only on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
This is the time at which the Armistice was declared and the guns fell silent on the Western Front after four years of fighting.
A bronze plaque near to the entrance of the Island of Ireland Peace Park is inscribed with a Peace Pledge: “From the crest of this ridge, which was the scene of terrific carnage in the First World War on which we have built a peace park and Round Tower to commemorate the thousands of young men from all parts of Ireland who fought a common enemy, defended democracy and the rights of all nations, whose graves are in shockingly uncountable numbers and those who have no graves, we condemn war and the futility of war.
We repudiate and denounce violence, aggression, intimidation, threats and unfriendly behaviour.
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The Island of Ireland Peace Park was officially opened on 11th November 1998 by the President of Ireland Mary Mc Aleese in the presence of HM Queen Elizabeth II and King Albert II of Belgium.