Xaghra ceremony to commemorate 2 great sieges of Malta

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Xaghra ceremony to commemorate 2 great sieges of MaltaNext Saturday, the 7th of September, Xaghra Parish, in conjunction with Xaghra Local Council is organising a ceremony to commemorate the two Great Sieges of Malta of 1565 and 1943.

The event will take place in Victory Square, Xaghra between 9.00am and 12.00pm

The ceremony will start at 9.00am with a Solemn Thanksgiving Mass led by Archpriest Carmelo Refalo,

This will be followed at 10.00am with a speech of introduction by Xaghra Mayor Joe Cordina, the continuing with a re-enactment with the participation of, locals from Xaghra, by the Xaghra Historical Re-enactment Organisation, including the triumphal entry of Grandmaster Jean Parisot de la Valette and the proclamation of the 8th September as a National Holiday in Malta.

There will also be a commemorative speech by Miss Abigail Attard, followed by a reenactment of the 1814 plague.

A speech by Archpriest Mgr Carmelo Refalo will be followed by a Second World War reenactment from 1943.

The Malta Police Band will perform band march and drills during the morning’s ceremony, concluding with the Last Post, a minutes silence and the playing of the Reveille.

The ceremony ends with the laying of wreaths in front of the Great Siege monument which will be temporarily set up in Victory Square, followed by the National Anthem.

The XHRO is a non-profit organisation whose purpose is to commemorate the Great Siege of Malta on the 7th September in Xaghra Gozo. This organisation is devoted to the promotion of the main historical events related to Xaghra.

It seeks to reenact a specific event in history by the incorporation of activities and dress into an interactive presentation that seeks to give the observers a sense of stepping back in time.

Photographs of the 2012 ceremony by Alain Salvary.

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