A traditional military salute featured during World War 1 commemoration ceremony at Glasnevin Cemetery.
The unveiling and dedication of a Cross of Sacrifice took place in Glasnevin Cemetery in July 2014. The ceremony was attended by President Michael D. Higgins, accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent.
The event included Irish and British Army and Military Bands and an Armed Colour Party from the 2nd Bn Royal Irish Regiment stood alongside a Colour Party from the Irish Army. During the ceremony the national colour parties march to their positions at the cross while the bands play 'Salute to the Colours'. The Salute to the Colours is a traditional military salute and was arranged for military band by Col J.R. McGee former Director of the Defence Forces School of Music.
In 1922 the Chief of Staff of the new Free State army General Richard Mulcahy had a vision for how music should be used by the military,
I want to have bands that will dispense music and musical understanding in the highest terms to the people.
WWI Commemoration Ceremony at Glasnevin Cemetery Unveiling of the Cross of Sacrifice was broadcast 31 July 2014. The commentator is Bryan Dobson.