THERE were poignant scenes on the banks of the Shannon yesterday, as people of all faiths gathered to remember those who had died serving their country.
More than 200 people were at City Hall for a multi-faith service held to mark the National Day of Commemoration.
Representatives of the Jewish faith, the Catholic and Church of Ireland communities, plus the Methodist church and the Islamic community were present for the ceremony, held to honour all men and women who died in past wars or in service with the United Nations.
Cllr Liam Galvin, taking part in his first civic ceremony as mayor, was flanked by two members of the 12th Infantry Battalion, ahead of the service, which saw participation from the city-based Curraghower Singers choir.
“Let us never forget the sacrifice of those who served and fought so boldly for justice, freedom and for the dignity of the human race. They were beloved and precious in our lives, and they are not parted from their loved one even in death,” said David Frueh, a representative of the Jewish community in Limerick.
Bishop Brendan Leahy added: “We pray also for peace in our world, for a future where enmity, injustice and division are healed, and the horrors of war are no more.”
And Brian Park, of Limerick’s United Presbyterian and Methodist Church said: “We express a nation’s thankfulness for those who laid down their lives in the service of this nation to give us the freedom we live in today.”
The ceremony finished with a minute’s silence, with Mayor Galvin laying a wreath.
The tricolour flag was then raised to full-mast, as the national anthem was sung.