The Orange Institution in County Armagh has formally opened a Garden of Remembrance in tribute to its members who were murdered during the Troubles.
The memorial garden – located in the grounds of the new Museum of Orange Heritage in Loughgall - remembers 68 brethren, many of whom served with the security forces, who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The dedication ceremony, which took place on Saturday, was attended by relatives of the deceased, as well as senior members of the Institution and elected representatives.
The garden at Sloan’s House comprises shrubs, hedging, paths and seating areas, complementing a central floral feature comprising individually named plaques in honour of those Orangemen murdered by terrorists.
County Grand Master of County Armagh Grand Orange Lodge, Denis Watson, said the garden was a “fitting tribute” to those who lost their lives as a result of republican violence.
He said, “This contemporary and permanent memorial garden offers a beautiful and tranquil space where relatives and friends can remember their loved ones and we are very pleased to have such an area of reflection situated within the Sloan’s complex. We trust the many visitors to our adjoining museum will also avail of the opportunity to pay their respects and learn more about the loss suffered by the Institution in Co Armagh during a turbulent period in the history of our Province.
“Over a fifth of all Orangemen murdered during the Troubles resided in Co Armagh.”
The ceremony was officiated by Rev Dr Alan McCann, County Armagh Grand Chaplain.