An event to commemorate those who died in the Great War will be held in Longford on November 11 next.
The Armistice Day Memorial will kick off at 11am and will take place at the war memorial at the Market Square. On the day, a group of Ex service men and women from the Peter Keenan Branch Longford will assemble at the Cathedral car park and will be lead to the memorial by members of the Longford Pipe Band. This will be followed by prayers and a wreath-laying ceremony. The Reading of the Fallen will also be orated and this will be followed by the sounding of the Last Post, Reveille and the subsequent raising of the National Flag. A piper Lament will then commence and proceedings will conclude with the playing of the Irish National Anthem by the aforementioned Pipe Band.
The county’s war memorial stands at over 20 feet high in the heart of Longford town. It was unveiled on August 27, 1925 by Major General Sir William Hickie KCB who commanded the 16th Irish Division on the Western Front. It is dedicated to “The memory of the 284 Gallant Soldiers of the County of Longford who fell in the Great War”.
Those expected to attend on Memorial Day include relatives and friends of those who died in battle as well as the County Manager, Tim Caffrey; Town Clerk, Dan Rooney; Superintendent Denis Shields; a number of local councillors and TDs, members of Longford Chamber of Commerce, Longford’s Health Service Executive (HSE) Service Manager and James Reilly.
Other inscriptions on the memorial include, “Death is swallowed up in victory”, “Greater love than this no man hath that a man lay down his life for his friends”, and “Those loving heroes good and kind, beloved by those they left behind, forget them not, no we never will, while life shall last we’ll love them still”.
Refreshments will be served following the event and an opportunity for those present to gather together to discuss the significance of the day will also be provided for.