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Irish War Memorials: Remembering Those Who Served

by Ward Gahan
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Irish War Memorials: Remembering Those Who Served

THANK YOU TO ALL VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED

On this Veteran's Day, we want to take a moment to recognize all who have served in the military and thank the Veterans who gave of themselves for our freedom. Many have paid the ultimate price with their life. We are forever in debt to their service.

If you are traveling to Ireland and are interested in visiting memorial grounds, the Irish National War Memorial Gardens is a spot you should add to your itinerary. Located in Islandbridge, Ushers, Dublin the gardens commemorate the nearly 50,000 Irish soldiers thought to have died in the first World War. The gardens were constructed in the 1930's - mostly by hand. The project provided much needed work for Veterans from the British Army and Ireland's New National Army and created a beautiful tribute to those who lost their lives. 

The design of the Irish National War Memorial Gardens was created by Sir Edwin Lutyen, an architect who is also known for designing the Thiepval Memorial and New Delhi’s India Gate. The memorial includes two sunken rose gardens with 4,000 roses and four “bookrooms” which represent the provinces. Within the bookrooms, you’ll see the names of the fallen Irish war Veterans.

There are many other war memorials around Ireland. This website has a thorough list of places you’d might consider visiting or you can look up names of fallen soldiers who fought on behalf of Ireland.

In addition to Veterans Memorials, Ireland’s cemeteries tell a story of a proud group of people and their history. Throughout Ireland, you’ll encounter Celtic Crosses which mark the burial places of its people who have passed. Celtic Crosses stand tall in the landscape, rooted in the landscape with a nod to the sky above. For decades, Celtic Crosses have marked sacred places all over Ireland, each with a story to tell. The carved stones are unique but typically feature a traditional cross with a circle, reinforcing the connecting point.

 We realize that the memories of those we hold dear are precious. You can keep a loved one who has passed, near and dear to your heart with a Celtic Cross Pendant or add a plaque to your wall so you remember that special someone as you pass the cross every day. We carry a large selection of Celtic Crosses so you can choose which suits you best.

We are proud to salute our Veterans on this special day. How do you celebrate the Veterans in your life? We’d love to hear from you so send me an email at ward@biddymurphy.com.

 

Slán go fóill - Bye for now

 

Ward Gahan

by Ward Gahan

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