17 July 2014 - Defence Forces Military Guard Ceremony National Memorial.

A Ceremonial Military Guard will parade at the site of the ‘National Memorial to Members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State’, at Merrion Square park, Dublin during July and August.

Ceremonies will take place at Merrion Square Park, every Saturday from 19th July to Saturday 23rd August 2014. Units from throughout the Defence Forces and across the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service will participate in this Military Guard Ceremony in solemn remembrance of their fallen comrades. The ceremony will last approximately one hour.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.

Outline of the Ceremony

  • Piper plays. 
  • Guard marches from Government Buildings 
  • Guard salutes National Flag.
  • The National Flag is lowered to Half-Mast. 
  • The Guard is posted at the Monument.
  • Wreath Laying.
  • Piper's Lament. 
  • Beat commences on the outer path.
  • Rotation of Duties [between Inner and Outer Guard].
  • Arrival of New Guard, Changing of Guard Ceremony.
  • Old Guard marches away, New Guard Commences Duties.
  • Rotation of Duties [between Inner and Outer Guard]. 
  • Full guard parades on the outer path.
  • One Minute of Silence.
  • Bugler and drummer play Last Post. 
  • The National Flag is raised to Full-Mast.
  • Bugler and drummer play Reveille.
  • Guard withdraws to Government Buildings.

During this ceremony two bugle calls will be heard - ‘Last Post’ followed by the raising of the National Flag in turn followed by ‘Reveille’. These two calls are customarily used within the Irish Defence Forces during commemoration ceremonies, wreath laying ceremonies and military funerals.

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Press Release Date: 17 July 2014 

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Seán Ó Fátharta

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