The Opening Parade
On Tuesday morning the 7th of October, hundred's of national & international regimental ex -service men & women gathered on the grounds of Davitt College secondary school in Castlebar, the school principal Mr Joseph McGowan, was on hand to welcome them and he extended every possible hospitality to them. Many of the retired soldier's were senior citizens and a few were in wheelchair's but that did not deter them, they was there to take part and honour our forgotten war dead.
They were preparing to parade through the ancient streets of Castlebar, just like the soldiers going off to fight in the first world war, had done over 84 years before.
This was the opening event on the day of the official opening of the Mayo Peace Park, Garden of Remembrance.
Ably led by the Castlebar Town Band, they paraded out of the school ground, with their flags and banners flying proudly in the wind, up past the Old Military Barracks, and the ghosts of bygone day's, onwards they went up via Lucan Street, a street where numerous families had lost fathers, sons and brothers in that horrendous war, they then proceeded up Main Steet, Ellison Street, Mountain View and down to the Peace Park to thunderous applause along the route.
They were very impressed by the management & staff of Davitt College and how all the student's had formed up to clap them on their way and indeed join in on the parade.
The parade went smoothly and they arrived at exactly the right time and were able to take their seat's to be part of what was a unique once in a lifetime occasion.
This selection of photographs mostly of which were taken by Mr Anthony Ryan, captured the historical event and the give an idea of the scale of the parade and the pride of the participants.
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