Battle of the Somme Anniversary
A page has been added to The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland website to help lodges and individuals commemorate the Battle of the Somme Anniversary on the 1st of July.
Traditionally, there are many memorial parades across the Province, however, this year all have been cancelled due to the ongoing battle against Coronavirus.
Even with the current restrictions, it is important that we continue to remember and commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who fought.
The web page seeks to support socially distanced Acts of Remembrance at local memorials and to encourage individuals and families to mark the occasion in their homes as we remember our heroes, both then and now.
The page features a range of interesting pieces on the Orange Connection to the battle, including stories of Brethren who fought; historical articles on the context of the Battle and the role of the 36th (Ulster) Division.
The Lily & Poppy Exhibition, first launched in 2016 to commemorate the centenary of the battle, is also available to view.
There is also a range of resources to help Commemorate the Somme, including a suggested Act of Remembrance and colouring and crafts ideas for children.
You can take a look at the page by clicking the link this: www.goli.org.uk/somme
Remember to share details of the Battle of the Somme Anniversary page with your Brethren, on your Lodge pages and with family and friends.