Commemoration of the two Great Sieges takes place in Xaghra
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Xaghra Parish, in conjunction with Xaghra Local Council commemorated the two Great Sieges of Malta of 1565 and 1943, during a ceremony held on the square on Sunday morning
A Solemn Thanksgiving Mass led by Xaghra Archpriest Carmen Refalo, started the morning’s ceremony, which was followed by a speech of introduction by Xaghra Mayor Joe Cordina.A re-enactment took place with the participation of locals, by the Xaghra Historical Re-enactment Organisation, which included the triumphal entry of Grand Master Jean Parisot de la Valette and the Captain of the Order of St John accompanied by some Knights and Maltese soldiers.
Going round the Square, the Captain of the Order he reads out various proclamations by Grand Master Jean Parisot de la Valette. One states that following the victory of the Knights and the Maltese over the invading army after a five month long siege in 1565, the Grand Master declared that the 8th Day of September was to be remembered every year as the day of victory. Another states that the Day was to be dedicated to Our Lady of Victory.There was an intervention by the Malta Police Band and a reenactment of the 1814 plague.
A speech was given by Archpriest Mgr Carmelo Refalo, which was followed by a reenactment scene from the Second World War dated in 1943.
The Malta Police Band performed band march and drills during the morning’s ceremony, concluding with the Last Post, a minutes silence and the playing of the Reveille..
The laying of wreaths in the front of the Great Siege monument which was temporarily set up in Victory Square, followed by the National Anthem, concluded the morning’s commemorative ceremony.
Present for the commemorative event was the Minister for Gozo, Dr Anton Refalo, among others.
Photographs by Alain Salvary