This is a very special place not only for us but for all the families of the soldiers who are remembered here. In addition to looking after the garden itself we also keep in regular touch with all the families. That's very important to them and us... We want them to know that when we say, "We will remember them" we mean it. Memorial Custodian



The Memorial Gardens at Night


The beautiful Memorial Gardens here in Palace Barracks, Holywood remind us that comradeship lies at the very core of our creed as soldiers. Comradeship, in its true military sense, implies self sacrifice. "Greater love hath no man than this, That a man lay down his life for his friends"  Our comrades in arms remembered here, live on in our minds and in the memories of those they loved. Their example also signals to coming generations of soldiers, that much is expected of them. Their influence in the Army and in their Regiment is thus felt beyond their own years of service.  It continues, infinitely, into the future. "Their names liveth for evermore"  We remember these men for their youthfulness, their courage, and their character. For those who knew them, they will always be a part of their lives. Those who follow, may find it hard to imagine that: "Short days ago, we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, loved and were loved..."  Yet such peaceful places as this give these young men and women the opportunity to pay respect, to think, and seek inspiration. "To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high" Lieutenant General Sir Hew Pike KCB DSO MBE Former General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland

 


From POEMS FOR THE FALLEN BY LAWRENCE BINYON They went with songs to the battle, they were young straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against the odds uncounted, They fell with their faces to the foe. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them. 


As the century draws to a close we will leave many things behind us. With the promise of new hope and new challenges in the Millennium it will be easy to forget as we look ahead. For many here today there already exists an indestructible memorial  to those whom we have lost.......but the memories which we hold dear in our hearts cannot be seen by others. This Memorial will be a tangible collection of all those memories. For those that follow in our footsteps it should be a constant reminder  that where people work towards a worthwhile and common goal, a price must be paid, and for those remembered here the price demanded was the highest. The debt was paid without complaint and when words have fallen silent this memorial and the names on it will continue to speak for all of us. Mrs Sandra Willetts Wife of the late Sgt. Michael Willetts G.C. Killed 25th May 1971, Belfast, Northern Ireland