INDEPENDENT LOYAL ORANGE INSTITUTION
GRAND MASTERS CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2016
Brethren, Sisters and Friends of our great Institution here we are in December, the last twelve months passing so quickly since my installation. My first year as Grand Master of our Institution has been a memorable one for me, leading for the first time our Annual parade in Portglenone being a great honour.
Christmas is a special time and many of our Institution’s families will be having their loved ones home to share in the excitement that it offers, exchanging gifts, feasting and relaxing, I wish them all a blessed time, for some in our Orange family this will be a difficult time as there will be an empty chair at the family table probably for the first time and to them we offer our prayers of support.
There will be others from our Institution who will have to go to their place of work on Christmas Day and I pay tribute to them as they serve, whether in the security forces, hospitals, charities or wherever it is and I commend them for their dedication.
This year is the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and my main highlight of the year as Grand Master, was in June laying a Poppy wreath at the Ulster Tower in France on behalf of our Institution and in tribute to the fallen from our homeland,We should never forget the sacrifice they made on our behalf, and of course today, we must remember and support the brave young men and women serving our Nation in many different places throughout the world to ensure that we have security and freedom.
Because of the work of our Forces do across the globe , in the air, on the sea or on land in dangerous situations Britain still remains a Christian country, where we can celebrate the birth of Christ, Gods Son, Prince of Peace, the true meaning of Christmas, and the very reason our Institution exists. So, as we come together with our loved ones on Christmas Day to celebrate, remember those who cannot do the same, let’s give thanks to those who are helping to protect us whether here at home or abroad.
Let me wish all our members and supporters a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas, here at home in Ulster, in England, Scotland, Australia and anywhere else in the world Independent Orangemen and women find themselves
Rt. Wor.Bro. James Anderson Imperial Grand Master