Representatives from Larne Junior LOL 23 have returned from a First World War comemoration trip to Belgium and France, where they visited some of the local cemeteries and monuments.
Taking part in the visit were Superintendent Ian Wilson, Past Master Daniel McBurney, Deputy Master Samuel Wilson. Secretary Lee McClure and Inner Guard Alastair Mills as part of a group of 100 boys aged 12 to 16.
They initially visited Tyne Cot Cemetery, Poelcapelle Cemetery, Langemark - the German Cemetery, Berks Cemetery and the Ration Farm Annexe, followed by the Menin Gate monument in the area around Ypres.
The boys also visited Flanders Field Museum in Ypres, which houses an impressive collection of artefacts from the war, and the stories of some of those who lost their lives.
That evening all 100 boys formed up in the Ypres town square and paraded to the Menin Gate, lead by two piping members of the Junior Order. There they laid a wreath on behalf of the Junior Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland as part of the daily comemoration service.
On the final day of the tour they visited Pozieres Cemetery, Lochnagar Crater, the Ulster Tower and Museum, the Orange Memorial, the Connaught Cemetery, the Thiepval Anglo-French Cemetery, and the Canadian Newfoundland Memorial Park, which also contained another three cemeteries, as well as preserved trenches from both the German and Allies sides.
At the Ulster Tower a short commemoration service was conducted by the Worshipful Grand Sectertery Bro. Harry Whitside and a wreath was laid on behalf of the Junior Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland by Larne Deputy Master Samuel Wilson in memory of the 36th Ulster Division.
A further short service was held at the Orange memorial were wreaths were laid in memory of the members of the Orange Institution who died in the war for freedom.
At both servies the two members played laments on the bagpipes and a prayer was said.