Orange Order opens Loughgall Garden of Remembrance for murdered members

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The Orange Institution has formally opened a Garden of Remembrance in tribute to its members who were murdered during the Troubles.

Located in the grounds of the new Museum of Orange Heritage in Loughgall, the memorial garden remembers 68 brethren, many of whom served with the security forces, who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Relatives of murdered Orangemen joined senior members of the Institution and a number of locally elected representatives at the dedication ceremony on Saturday.

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 Co Armagh Grand Orange Lodge, Denis Watson, said the Garden of Remembrance was a “fitting tribute” to those who lost their lives as a result of republican violence.

“Over a fifth of all Orangemen murdered during the Troubles resided in Co Armagh and that number includes eight fatalities of the heinous IRA massacres at Tullyvallen Orange hall and Kingsmills,” 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.”