Statement – 5th November 2021

Hutchesontown True Blues LOL 69 will host their annual Armistice parade on Saturday 13th November 2021. This parade has taken place for more than 20 years without incident. As part of the ceremony a wreath will be laid at the memorial honouring local hero James Stokes VC. Following the ceremony, the lodge will parade back to their Orange Hall.

James Stokes VC was a Roman Catholic of Irish descent. The local Celtic supporters club is named in his honour. It beggars’ belief that anti Protestant bigotry has led to the usual suspects attempting to manufacture division where there is none.

Dialogue has taken place to inform places of worship on the route that the parade will be passing in a quiet, peaceful, and dignified manner. Armistice parades are in honour of the war dead. Religion, race, and nationality do not matter. Those who gather to pay their respect do so to remember everyone who served their country and paid the supreme sacrifice.

Lest We Forget.

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