The western chapter of the Orange Lodge of Canada recently gathered in Innisfail for its annual general meeting.
Orangemen from across the Prairies attended the event on April 16.
“We have an annual meeting of the right worshipful grand lodge, which is the four western provinces,” said William Johnston, most worshipful brother, past grand master and sovereign of the Grand Orange Lodge of Canada. “We meet once a year in April and this is the first time we’ve been in Innisfail.”
Johnston, a member of the Orange Lodge in Innisfail, was joined by about 30 to 40 members who all took part in the annual meeting that included a short memorial service.
Members marched to the Innisfail cenotaph led by a piper, where the group laid a wreath to remember the Orangemen who fought and died in the two world wars. The service also included the reading of Psalm 23 and a moment of silence. It was followed by a luncheon at noon and the annual banquet later that evening at the Innisfail Royal Canadian Legion.