Lt. Colonel John McCrae Memorial Event
January 28th, 2018, will always be remembered as a special day in this part of South Western Ontario. The Loyal Orange Lodges turned out in numbers to support a community event in Guelph (The Royal City!), the home of a local hero, Lt. Col. John McCrae, author of In Flanders Fields. Prince Arthur LOL 1331 Guelph were invited to take part in the St. Andrews Presbyterian Service on the 100 year Anniversary of the passing of McCrae.
Ourselves and Brethren from other LOL’s filled three rows of the Church and had a great welcoming from Rev. John Borthwick that had us sit front and center in the church on this special day. John McCrae’s family attended this very church. We also organized the only free public memorial in the City of Guelph in the gardens of John McCrae House & Museum.
We are grateful to the Mayor of Guelph for his welcoming “Greetings” indicating the importance of the Loyal Orange Lodge in keeping the torch of remembrance high. Several City Councillors attended the event as well as LOL’s Brothers from Brampton, Hamilton, Harmony and Listowell and the Grand Lodge of Ontario West. .
We had the Orange Lodge out in the local community and beyond in a variety of places including Veteran Affairs Canada website, newspaper community event listings (The Guelph Mercury, Wellington Advertiser and CTV), City of Guelph’s Facebook, Website and Twitter feed, “old school” type posters up at community places in the City and our own Facebook page. Lastly, we had a longer news segment air on CTV News and a variety of photos on the Guelph newspaper site.
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The link below is to some great photos from one of the Guelph newspapers. Our Banner the lead photo!
Here are some more photos taken at the event; click on the photo to open the full-size image in a new tab.
View the memorial service program here.