Friday14th July 2017 - The Defence Forces to Commence Changing of the Guard Ceremonies .

A ceremonial ‘Changing of the Guard’ will take place at the 'National Memorial to Members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State', Merrion Square, Dublin, at 12pm tomorrow, Saturday 15TH July 2017.

The ceremony will involve the ceremonial ‘Changing of the Guard’ by members of the Defence Forces, playing of the Last Post and Reveille and the raising of the National Flag.

The National Memorial was unveiled by President Mary McAleese in November 2008 and is the National Memorial to members of the Defence Forces, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 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 our fallen comrades have made for Ireland.

This ceremony will be the first in a series of six ceremonies taking place at the National Memorial, each Saturday until  19th August 2017. Each Changing of the Guard ceremony will be conducted by two different Units of the Defence Forces each week.

This Saturday, the ceremony will involve members of the 6 Infantry Battalion, based in Custume Brracks, Athlone and members of the 27 Infantry Battalion, based in Aiken Barracks, Dundalk.

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Press Release Date: Friday14th July 2017

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