Poignant photo exhibition reveals 'how the Somme is ingrained in psyche of Orangeism'
A photographic exhibition marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme has been unveiled at the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast.
Somme 100: Commemorating the Battle incorporates a gallery of images taken from the museum's ongoing Lily and the Poppy exhibition, alongside photographs of commemoration and remembrance by members of the Orange Institution from throughout the year.
Appropriately, the exhibition launched today on the 100th anniversary of the ending of the battle, which epitomised the sacrifice of the First World War.
It is estimated that as many as 200,000 Orangemen from across the world served during the Great War, with many thousands in action at the Somme.
Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland Edward Stevenson said: "As this centenary year of the Battle of the Somme enters its twilight weeks, we as an institution wanted to put on public view imagery which exemplified the significance of remembrance to the Orange fraternity.
"The picture gallery highlights, very poignantly, how the Somme is ingrained within the psyche of Orangeism.
"It underlines the selfless and remarkable contribution of our forefathers to the cause of liberty 100 years ago, as well as capturing how the institution of today publicly marked their sacrifice.
"This exhibition is a fitting tribute to all those who fought and served on our behalf."