Message from President McAleese


President of Ireland

Message from
President McAleese

on the occasion of

The Medal Parade at
Columb Barracks, Mullingar,
Co. Westmeath.

It gives me great pleasure to send warm greetings to the members of the Irish United Nations Veterans Association on the occasion of your Medal Parade in Columb Barracks, Mullingar. I was delighted to receive a silver replica of the medal which will be presented to you here today, and enjoyed the opportunity to meet with all of you at Áras an Uachtaráin recently.

As Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces, it has been my privilege to honour our Irish troops and Gardai at home and abroad, serving and retired, on a number of occasions such as this, during my Presidency. I have witnessed the professionalism and respect in the manner in which they have worked to improve the lives of civilians in war-torn areas around the world. All of you here today have made your own personal contribution to peacekeeping missions with the UN over the past 44 years of Ireland's membership. You may be justifiably proud to be part of the achievements of the Irish contribution and I commend you for your dedication to continuing to support veterans and their families; particularly those who have lost loved ones in the service of their country.

I wish you well as you continue to work in the name of peace, and I hope that today's parade will be both enjoyable and memorable for you and your families.



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