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Orange Order members gather for ceremony in Memorial Garden to mark the anniversary

Front row, from left: Roy Nixon, Edward Stevenson and Joan Beggs. Back: Bobby McCready, Bobby Rainey and Alexander McCready
Front row, from left: Roy Nixon, Edward Stevenson and Joan Beggs. Back: Bobby McCready, Bobby Rainey and Alexander McCready

By Staff Reporter

The Orange Institution fell silent on Monday, November 11, at 11am, for the annual Remembrance Day Service.

Members gathered in the Memorial Garden at Schomberg House following a short parade along the Cregagh Road in east Belfast.

Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Edward Stevenson, laid a wreath on behalf of the institution during the service.

Mr Stevenson said: "Since the establishment of our institution, our members have been to the forefront of defending liberty, often paying the supreme sacrifice.

"We know this only too well in our beloved Ulster, where 338 members of the institution were murdered by terrorists with many more left to bear the trauma and scars of over 40 years of terrorist action against a free people.

"Everyone gathered here today will have their own thoughts and memories about events of the past and loved ones lost. It is important that we remember those who gave so much in various theatres of war, and in defence of Northern Ireland.

"As Grand Master, and as an institution, we pledge that such sacrifices will not be airbrushed from the pages of history."

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