4th July 2013 - Defence Forces Military Guard Ceremony .

As part of the Defence Forces activities in the lead in to the centenary of the foundation of ‘The Irish Volunteers, Óglaigh na hÉireann’ in November 2013, 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’, Merrion Square, Dublin throughout the summer.

Ceremonies will take place at Merrion Square Park, Dublin, every Saturday from 6th July to Saturday 31st August 2013. 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 each day for the first six weeks and will then be repeated twice on the 24th and 31st August.

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

  1. Guard marches from Leinster Lawn
  2. Guard salutes National Flag
  3. The National Flag is lowered to Half-Mast.
  4. The Guard is posted at the Monument and a beat is maintained on the outer path.
  5. Changing of Guard (x2)
  6. Full guard parades on the outer path
  7. One minute of silence
  8. Bugler and drummer play Last Post
  9. The National Flag is raised to Full-Mast
  10. Bugler and drummer play Reveille
  11. Guard withdraws to Leinster Lawn

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.

Timetable of Ceremony
Date/Time Unit/Station
Saturday 6th at 12:00hrs                7 Infantry Battalion, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin
Saturday 13th at 10:00hrs 2 Artillery Regiment, Custume Barracks, Athlone
Saturday 20th at 12:00hrs 27 Infantry Battalion, Aiken Barracks, Dundalk
Saturday 27th at 12:00hrs 6 Infantry Battalion, Custume Barracks, Athlone
Saturday 3rd at 12:00hrs Air Corps, Casement Aerodrome,Baldonnel
Saturday 10th at 12:00hrs 3 Infantry Battalion, Stephens Barracks, Kilkenny
Saturday 17th at 12:00hrs 28 Infantry Battalion, Finner Camp,Ballyshannon
Saturday 24th at 10:00hrs Naval Service, Haulbowline, Cobh
Saturday 24th at 12:00hrs 1 Infantry Battalion, Dún Uí­ Maoiliosa, Renmore, Galway
Saturday 31st at 10:00hrs 12 Infantry Battalion, Sarsfield Barracks, Limerick
Saturday 31st at 12:00hrs 1 Artillery Regiment, Collins Barracks, Cork

Press Release Date: Thursday 04 July 2013

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