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Saturday 25 October 2014

Troops march in memory of fallen comrades

John Manning

Published 23/08/2014 | 00:00

A ceremonial military guard drawn from the 27th Infantry Battalion who paraded at the National Memorial for members of the Defence Forces

A CEREMONIAL Military Guard complete with troops from Balbriggan and around Fingal, stationed at Gormanston, paid tribute to comrades who had fallen in the service of the State at a special ceremony this month.

A Ceremonial Military Guard drawn from the 27th Infantry Battalion paraded earlier this month at the site of the National Memorial to members of the Defence Forces who died in the service of the State.

The ceremony took place at Merrion Square Park and B Company of the 27th Infantry Battalion, Gormanston Camp, contributed to this Military Guard Ceremony in solemn remembrance of fallen comrades.

Lt Col Mark Hearns laid a wreath as Officer Commanding the 27th Infantry Battalion, which has its headquarters located in Aiken Barracks, Dundalk. The ceremony lasted 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.

The personnel involved in the Guard of Honour included Sergeant Fletcher from Balbriggan, Private Byrne from Rush, Private O'Connell from Oldtown and Private O'Neill in Swords.

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