In Ireland, the National Day of Commemoration (Lá Cuimhneacháin Náisiúnta) is held annually to commemorate all Irish people who have died in past wars or serving on United Nations peacekeeping missions. It is usually held at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, on the Sunday closest to July 11th, as this is the anniversary of the ending of the Irish War of Independence.
On Sunday, July 14th, President Michael D. Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, members of the judiciary, diplomatic corps, the defence forces and their families gathered with many others at the Royal Hospital for the 2013 National Day of Commemoration service. Representative of different faiths – including the Baha’i community – were also in attendance.
During the National Commemoration Day Service, President Higgins laid a commemorative wreath on behalf of the Irish people to mark this sad remembrance. In addition, members from a variety of faith traditions prayed for those who had lost their lives, their families and for peace and prosperity for the world.
(Photograph: L-R – Alison Wortley, President Higgins and Andrew Wortley at the National Day of Commemoration, 2013)