A Parade and Drumhead Service to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme is to be held in Antrim on Saturday 28th May.
The commemoration is being held by County Antrim Grand Orange Lodge which comprises 227 Orange Lodges from 25 Districts within County Antrim.
The Worshipful County Grand Master Worshipful Brother Robin Matthews commented: “As County Grand Master of County Antrim Grand Orange Lodge I would take this opportunity to remind Brethren and friends that we as members of the Orange Institution owe a great deal of gratitude to those men who left these shores and fought for our freedom 100 years ago. 2016 is a significant milestone for those of us that are here, today, 100 years later, to attend this commemoration and to solemnly remember the sacrifices made at The Battle of the Somme which began on Saturday 1st July 1916 and lasted till Saturday 18th November 1916. I would appeal to our Brethren, and the Public, to attend this commemoration Parade and Service in Antrim, to show solidarity with our forefathers and to show this generation that we cannot forget this particular period of our History all those years ago.”
The Parade will assemble at Fountain Hill Antrim from 1.15pm and will move off at 2pm sharp.
Parade to conclude at 5pm. The service at Antrim Stadium will commence at 3pm where a Drumhead Alter will be formed in front of the Grandstand. Again it is requested that the Grandstand is utilised during the service. At the conclusion of the service a short dedication of a Lambeg Drum will be performed in memory of the Late Worshipful Brother John McGrath PM Boyd Memorial LOL 312.
All Brethren/Band Members are requested to remain at the Stadium for the Drumhead Service.