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60 Years Peacekeeping1958 - 2018

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Ireland's first Peacekeeping deployment in 1958.

Since then, Ireland have maintained the longest unbroken service on the front line of peace with over 70,000 individual tours of duty completed by the men and women of Óglaigh na hÉireann.

This year, we remember the 87 members of the Defence Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of Peace.

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18th July 2015 -Defence Forces Military Changing of the Guard Ceremony National Memorial.

A Ceremonial Changing of the Guard, involving members of the 7th Infantry Battalion, based in Cathal Brugha Barracks and members of the Air Corps, will take place at the 'National Memorial to Members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State', at Merrion Square, Dublin at 1200 p.m. this coming Saturday.

This will be the first in a series of six ceremonies, taking place at the National Memorial, each Saturday at midday until the 22nd of August. Each Changing of the Guard ceremony will be conducted by different Units of the Defence Forces.

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 nature of voluntary military service and the ultimate price paid by soldiers, sailors and airmen and airwomen of the 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 Defence Forces emblem, 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.

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: 27th January 2015

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Seán Ó Fátharta

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