The inaugural National Day of Commemoration at the Garden of Remembrance at Parnell Square in Dublin.

Among those taking part in a ceremony to remember those who died in past wars were President Patrick Hillery, Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald, members of the government, members of the Dáil and Seanad, members of the judiciary, the diplomatic corps, clergymen, relatives, comrades and friends of the deceased. There were also other distinguished guests representing all walks of Irish life.

The State and Church, the army, members of the public, will be gathered to honour all those Irish men and Irish women who died in past wars or on service with the United Nations

President Patrick Hillery arrives at the Garden of Remembrance led by an escort of honour drawn from the Second Cavalry Squadron of Griffith Barracks. The president was greeted by the Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Tadhg O’Neill.

The occasion was marked with the unveiling by President Patrick Hillery of a plaque to all the Irish men and women who had died in past wars or on service with the United Nations.

Following an interdenominational service, President Hillery laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Ireland.

'National Day of Commemoration Highlights’ was broadcast on 13 July 1986. The programme is introduced by John Bowman and was produced and directed by John Blackman.