|Posted by Limerick Royal British Legion on November 28, 2010 at 10:50 AM|
Our annual Remembrance Sunday Wreath Laying Ceremony took place at the War Memorial in Limerick’s Pery Square on the 14th Nov. and was well attended by veterans and general public.
After the minute silence and Last Post, wreaths were laid by the Deputy Mayor Cllr. Michael Hourigan, on behalf of the City and citizens of Limerick, and on behalf of Shannon Town by the Mayor of Shannon Cllr. Tony Mulcahy. Mr. Willy O’Dea TD and Captain Michael Hickey, representing the Irish Defence Forces were also guests. Our Branch President, Paschal Sage laid a wreath of Poppies on behalf of the Royal British Legion in Ireland. Official Wreaths were also laid at the Cenotaph by representatives of The American Legion in Ireland, O.N.E. Organisation of Irish Ex-Servicemen, Merchant Navy, Irish Naval Association, Irish United Nations Veterans Association and The Royal Munster Fusiliers Association.
In his address Cllr. Hourigan reminded the assembly of the many similar events taking place all over the free world at that moment. People are sharing this time to remember together those of their countrymen who had made the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of that freedom. Ireland, he remarked, had contributed in full measure to those just causes and it was just and right that we remember those men and women who never returned. He thanked the Limerick members of the Royal British Legion for their role over many years in commemorating the Limerick Fallen and upholding their memory at home. He complimented us too for our continuing welfare work among veterans of those conflicts.
The Pery Square ceremony was followed by a Rememberance Mass at St Joseph's celebrated by Fr Tom Mangan. Fr. Tom moved many by his sensitive exposition to the congregation as to our reason and purpose on this special day. He left none to doubt that he had independently researched the War Memorial and its history. His informed references throughout the Mass to the Royal British Legion, the war memorial and especially its local relevance was remarkable. That printed copies of your research were made available for the congregation to take away with them at the end of the service was just impressive. Few of us who walked from that service without a greater pride in ourselves and a rejuvenated sense of purpose as we face into our 90th year in 2011. Sincere thanks are due both Cllr. Hourigan and Fr Tom for their for their very kind remarks and reflections on Remembrance and Limerick and the Legion.
Mass was followed by a very well attended social at the Pery Hotel where veterans from all participating organisations gathered and renewed friendships for another year.
I would also like to thank Pat Browne of Munster Images who attended captured some wonderful photographs of the occasion. I am also requested to pass to you the well deserved appreciation of our President Maj. Gen. The O’Morchoe to whom these events have been reported. We should also add a special thanks to those branch officers, particularly Paddy Lowe and Denis Carroll, whose particular efforts were instrumental in bringing this day together and making in it such a success.