Orange Order falls silent on Remembrance Day
The Orange Institution fell silent on Wednesday, 11th of November, at 11am, for the annual Remembrance Day Service.
In a much-changed Act of Remembrance held in the Memorial Garden at Schomberg House, Belfast, less than 15 Brethren gathered to pay their respects, in line with the current Covid-19 restrictions.
The annual wreath-laying event, which is organised in partnership with Thiepval Memorial Lodge LOL 1916, normally features a short parade and is attended by dozens of Brethren from across the jurisdiction of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.
Grand Secretary Rev. Mervyn Gibson conducted the short service and wreaths were laid by Deputy Grand Master Wor. Bro. Harold Henning, on behalf of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, and Worshipful Master Bro. David Hart, on behalf of Thiepval Memorial LOL 1916.
In a separate ceremony, a wreath was laid at the Memorial Window in memory of the Orange Brethren and Sister who were murdered during the Troubles.
Later in the day, wreaths were laid at the memorial on behalf of the Association of Loyal Orangewomen of Ireland and the Junior Orange Order.