On Saturday the 1st November at 2.30PM, the Annual Armistice Remembrance Commemoration will take place in the Peace and Memorial Garden inside the walls of Fort Dunree. This annual Act of Remembrance has taken place over the last few years to commemorate the men and women of Innishowen who lost their lives in the Great War. It is usually a relaxed occasion, where all present have the opportunity to participate, and play a part in marking the many sacrafices made by the people of Innishowen and Donegal in the 1914 – 1918 War.
After the wreath laying has concluded, and the participants file back out of The Peace Garden, they will then make their way to the Saldhana Suite where Colonel Declan O’Carroll Retired will launch a new book entitled participant Reflections” being a collection of reminiscences written after participation in the Donegal Council “Hands of History” study trip in 2013, to the World War One Battlefields, where he led a group of local Donegal people through the experiences and horrors of Trench War-Fare. He took as his theme the strands of Remembrance, Reconciliation, Renaissance, acheived from our Shared History.
In many parts of Northern Ireland, sadly flags are seen as devisive, and are used to establish boundaries. In Derry / Donegal a few steps have been taken to make flags into an inclusive symbols, which can be flown
in either the North or the South. This is only one of the many strands of community building, that is being slowly developed in Dunree, The Mayo Peace Park and in nother similar venues throughout the Island of Ireland. Some may say that they are only small steps,but they are steps that have been taken and they
open up the possability of a permanent change in the future, when we can all feel at ease, regardless of the flag flapping frantically overhead.
We should commend all of those hard working people who have put so much effort into the steps taken so far, and can only hope that their endeavours continue to meet with further ongoing success and acceptance. So Brethren, if you have any interest in our combined military history, I would highly recommend that you bring your family along on Saturday the 1st November and allow them to participate in a small piece of our history, and enjoy the theatre and craic of the whole occasion, carried out in true Donegal style.