The National Memorial to members of the Defence Forces who died in the service of the State was unveiled at a ceremony in November 2008. The ceremony was led by the then President, Mrs. Mary McAleese, who laid a wreath at the memorial.
The memorial which is situated in a prominent position close to Dáil Éireann and to Government Buildings was designed by Mr. Brian King. It is a pyramid shape made primarily of granite slabs resting on a steel frame interspaced with toughened glass panels. Four Defence Force personnel in relief are cast in bronze, representing the Air Corps, Army and Naval Service and the Reserve. The sentries stand to attention guarding the eternal flame that emanates from the Defence Forces Badge at the centre of the structure.
This memorial stands as public recognition of the contribution and sacrifice made by members of the Defence Forces whether at home or on peace support operations overseas.
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