22 August 2014 - The Final Defence Forces Military Guard Ceremony National Memorial.

The Final Defence Forces Military Guard Ceremony of 2014 will take place on Saturday 23rd of August at the National Memorial, Merrion Square Park at midday.

The Ceremonial Military Guard will involve members of the 3rd Infantry Battalion based in Stephens Barracks, Kilkenny and the 1 Armoured Car Squadron from the Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh Camp, Co Kildare who will parade at the site of the 'National Memorial to Members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State’. This ceremony has been taking place every Saturday since the 19th July.

The National Memorial was unveiled by President Mary McAleese in November 2008 and is the National Memorial to members of the Defence Forces who died in the service of the State. It is a place of contemplation and remembrance, where families, relatives and members of the public can reflect on the sacrifice these soldiers, sailors and airmen and airwomen have made for this State.

The pyramid shape of the memorial, which was designed by Brian King, captures references to burial and is a standing testament to the dead. Within the pyramid, four bronze figures, representing all elements of the Defence Forces, stand guard over the eternal flame that emanates from the badge of the Defence Forces, Óglaigh na hÉireann. The flame burns in perpetual memory of those members of the Defence Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of the State.

Over the summer the event has become a tourist attraction where members of the public have an opportunity to walk around the monument and take photographs whilst the soldiers are 'on post'. The ceremony will last approximately one hour.

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View a Video of the Ceremony

Press Release Date: Friday 22 August 2014

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Seán Ó Fátharta

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