at the War Memorial Site, Dublin on National Day of
Commemoration, July 2000
Committee, down through the years since its existence encourage
participation in events, projects and fact-finding trips to keep
the spirit of our forefathers alive in our hearts and minds.
annual Remembrance Day ceremony is held with a short parade,
prayers by the clergy of all local churches, wreath laying, roll
of honour and the last post and reveille is blown. This event is
growing from strength to strength with the local Red Cross and
Fire Brigade invited to lay wreaths this year. It is recognised that these
organisations have ties with war and tragedies.
As this year 2001 remembers The Holocaust the Jewish community planted a tree near our
Memorial Stone as an act of rememberance. A
Mass is also celebrated in a local church near this date, with
the committee and friends participating in the ceremony.
local organisations take part in the St Patrickís Day National
celebrations having a parade through Bandon. The Committee march behind our banner.
is possible that our organisation will take part and parade our
banner in the Disbanded Regiments Parade in London, June 2002.
the past few years we have been invited by the Irish government
to be present at the National Day of Commemoration at the Royal
Hospital in Kilmainham,
Dublin to commemorate the Irish involvement in all past wars and
on peace missions. The group
also visit the War Memorial site at Island Bridge, Dublin on
maintain local interest the group has visited Collins Barracks, Cork
Museum, Fort Berehaven, Castletownbere, Co. Cork and
Charlesfort, Kinsale which were occupied posts by British
Day ceremony Nov. 2001 in Bandon began with Mass been
cerebrated in the Convent Chapel at 8.45 on the 10th
readings etc. with members participation. On Sunday the 11th
at 3 pm after a short parade to our Memorial Stone the ceremony
began with a welcome by our Chairman Michael Doyle, prayers
recited by the local clergy of all the churches role of honour
of soldiers died in both World Wars read out by six members. The
central part of this ceremony was the recognition and remembrance
of the Holocaust, the suffering of those innocent peoples and
races [non-combatants] who died because of their religion,
ethnic difference in those world conflicts, Armenians,
Romany, and of course the Jewish people who suffered such a
terrible fate in Dachau, Auschwitz, Treblinka.
we ever forget in this modern world and it is important to future
generations to do the same.
Bandon War Memorial Committee was honoured with the presence of
Rabbi Julia Neuberger at our ceremony this year and she planted a
Cedar tree as an act of a living symbolic representation to
those who died in the Holocaust adjacent to our Memorial Stone.
Neuberger is no stranger to Bandon She has a holiday home in
West Cork and is a well known contributor to religious and
public life in both Ireland and Britain.
Last Post & Revallie was blown and the National Flag was
raised, Sec. Billy Good thanked those who attended: Clergy,
Readers, Wreath Layers, Buglers, Public Representatives
including Chairman Town Commission, fellow Commissioners and
local T.D. Jim O'Keeffe and those who took part, and brought the
ceremony to a close. (Click here for