Belfast Telegraph

Orange Order honours members killed in the Troubles

The Orange Order has organised a special event tomorrow to highlight the death of hundreds of its members during the Troubles.

A total of 335 members were murdered, many of them while serving in the security forces. The figure accounts for almost one in 10 of the people killed during the Troubles. The United Nations has designated September 21 each year as International Day of Peace.

To mark the day the Grand Orange Lodge has organised a bus tour to brief opinion formers about the cost of violence on its members. The bus tour will visit several locations where Orangemen were murdered and those on the trip will be able to meet families of the victims. Spokesman David Hume said: “Our experience has shown that the Protestant community has been unwilling to publicly tell the story of terrorism’s impact on it over the decades.

“We believe it is important this story is both told and heard so that a healing process can take place and that a level of closure can be brought to bear. The future can only be built stronger if the pain and suffering of the innocent victims of terrorism is remembered, understood and appreciated.

“At the start of the Troubles, the Orange Order encouraged members to play their part in protecting the wider community by serving in the security forces. Unfortunately many paid the ultimate sacrifice. Others died while going about their daily lives and some were murdered because they were Orangemen.”

The visit will include Killyman Orange Hall, that has a plaque commemorating 15 Orangemen murdered in the Troubles.

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