Sunday 30th June 2013 heralds the ninth annual commemoration hosted at Fort Dunree in association with the Inishowen Friends of Messines (IFOM) for the men and women of Inishowen who fell in the Great War 1914 to 1918.
Since the event commenced in 2005 it has grown in stature and popularity with people from all over Ireland, North and South.
This service of remembrance has become a platform for disparate communities to come together with a unity of purpose, foster relationships and build new ones as the years roll on.
A spokesperson for the group said: “During this time IFOM has been active in promoting its peace and reconciliation aims coupled with building a lasting legacy so that these men and women will never again be forgotten. To achieve this, they have created a Peace Wall and Garden inside the grounds of Fort Dunree in which we have installed five Memorial plaques with the names of the Inishowen war dead on them.”
He went on: “Commemoration of historical events is a prominent feature in the culture of both main traditions in Ireland.
“ In the coming Decade of Remembrance there are a number of key historical events such as the signing of the Ulster Covenant in 1912, passing of the Irish Home Rule Bill in 1914, Battle of the Somme 1916, the Easter Rising and proclamation of 1916, all of which impacted in the World in which we live in today and the centenaries which will be commemorated over imminent years.
This year IFOM look forward to welcoming a large attendance for the commemoration and an opportunity for all participants to renew acquaintances while remembering the service men and women of Inishowen of nearly a century ago.
The ceremony will begin at 2.30pm.
The day is part of the International School for Peace Studies Messines Programme where the ‘Inishowen Friends of Messines’ commemorate all those who went off to World War I and never came home.
Two years ago, on 26th June 2011, at Dunree a memorial wall was dedicated to the 249 men and women from Inishowen who died during that terrible conflict.
They were from every parish in the peninsula, with the names of those from Newtowncunningham, Carrigans and Killea also included.
The new memorial in the form of a wall has the names of 249 men and women from Inishowen who died during the Great War.
The fallen included Catholics and Protestants, Freemasons Orangemen and Hibernians, Hurlers and Cricketers, Dreamers and Adventurers, and all those who joined the war