The 54th Annual Commemorative Mass for deceased personnel of the 2 Field Artillery Regiment, 62 Field Artillery Regiment (FCA), 7 Field Artillery Regiment (FCA) and 2 Air Defence Battery (FCA), took place in the Church of the Most Holy Rosary, McKee Barracks on Saturday, 12 November 2022.
Commandant Richard Armstrong (Retd), assisted by the 2 Field Artillery Regiment Association, planned, organised and coordinated the successful Remembrance Day.
Commandant Justin Barry represented OC 2 Brigade Artillery Regiment. Commandant Richard Armstrong (Retd) welcomed the attendees The celebrant was Rev Fr Damien Farnon CF. Regimental Sergeant-Major Jimmy Grey was the Parade Commander, and Regimental Sergeant-Major Martin Byrne (Retd) was i/c Colour Party. The organist Susan Keane was accompanied by her sisters Sally and Clare. The IUNVA Pipe Band, with Sergeant Anthony Byrne (Retd) as the Pipe Major, and Sergeant John Connelly and Bandsman Ronan Scarlet from the Defence Forces School of Music rendered musical honours.
Following the Mass, a Wreath Laying Ceremony took place at the Flag Pole. Commandant Niall Buckley was the Flag Officer and Lieutenant Teresa Hudson (Army Reserve) was the Master of Ceremonies. Wreaths were laid by Commandant Justin Barry on behalf of the Artillery Units, by Brigadier-General Paul Pakenham (Retd) on behalf of the Artillery Club, by the 2 Field Artillery Regiment Association, the 2 Air Defence Battery (FCA), the Dublin Artillery Association, and by families of Artillery Gunners who died in service.
Following the ceremony, attendees adjourned to the Catering Complex for refreshments.
As in previous years, the event was very well attended by both serving and retired personnel of the Artillery Corps and, in particular, by families from the Artillery Community.
Photographs courtesy of Brigadier-General Paul Pakenham (Retd)
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