Belfast Telegraph

Fermanagh and Tyrone lodges unite to commemorate Somme

By Staff Reporter

Hundreds of Orangemen in Fermanagh and Tyrone came together at the weekend to jointly commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

A special drumhead service took place in Fivemiletown on Saturday afternoon.

The act of remembrance followed a parade, with Orangewomen and members of the Junior Association also paying their respects to the fallen of the First World War.

Among the senior members of the institution in attendance was the grand master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Edward Stevenson, who laid a wreath at the village's war memorial.

Co Fermanagh grand master Stuart Brooker reflected on the poignancy of the event.

"It is important to remember those who gave their lives at the Somme a century ago, and I think it is fitting for us as Orangemen to do it in this way because we lost so many members in the battle," he said.

It is estimated as many as 200,000 Orangemen from across the world served during the Great War, with many of those seeing action at the Somme.

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