It was truly a day to remember; and what a wonderful respectful and inclusive service, was the general feeling of all who attended the annual service of remembrance which was held in All Saints’ Church, Mullingar on Sunday 13th November.
The Service, was attended by members of the Irish Guards Association, Royal Navy Association, Irish Defence Forces, Irish United Nations Veterans Association, the Organisation of National Ex Servicemen, Civil Defence, Irish Prison Service, Mullingar Fire Service, An Garda Siochana and the Royal British Legion and those who served in the Belgian Congo, the Battle of Jutland, and the Somme were remembered. Along with those who lost their lives in the 1916 Rising.
The special preacher was the Dean of Chester, Very Rev. Professor Gordon Mc Phate. The Dean is one of the most Senior clergy in England. Chester Cathedral is a magnificent place of worship in the beautiful city of Chester. Before his ordination the Dean was a prominent medical doctor in Scotland.
The special music was provided by the All Saints’ Senior Parish choir along with a lone bugler Sarah Kelly, who sounded ‘The Last Post’ and a lone piper Larry Halpin who played ‘The Piper’s Lament’. A ‘WW1 and the Westmeath Connection Exhibition’ was on display, (by kind permission of Westmeath County Library).