The Belfast city council welcomed relatives of those who were aboard the famous Titanic, to mark the 101st aniversary of the sinking of the ship on Monday. Around 100 showed up to the newly revealed memorial site on city hall grounds.
The ship was built in Belfast and claimed around 1500 lives in April 1912 when it sank after colliding with an iceberg. 28 men from Belfast were killed in the tragedy and about 35 relatives left flowers on the memorial, reports The Irish Daily Star.
One woman, Susie Miller, whose great great grandfather was on the ship said, "It's wonderful to see people from all different parts of the UK and beyond here to take part in our ceremony."
Belfast Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson reminded folks it’s okay to be proud to have built such a ship, "However, this garden and this commemorative service I think appropriately recognizes the human sacrifice that was lost 101 years ago."
Robinson added, "So I do think it's incredibly humbling but yet poignant that we are here this afternoon and we do appropriately commemorate and recognize the sacrifice from all those from Belfast and indeed internationally who lost their lives on Titanic."
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