Inishowen Friends of Messines
Sunday 26th June 2016 heralds the eleventh anniversary of the first Remembrance Event 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.
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.
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.