OF JULY PROCESSION
Continues...!!!!! Part 2
LOUDSPEAKER: Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to our parade. Please note that the vendors are providing a multitude of flags, brass band instruments, flutes, fifes,and Lambeg drums. Please avail yourself of your freedom and do take part. Attention! I have a lost child here. Will Mr. or Mrs. Schomberg please report to the lost children's area.
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A GRAND BANNER:
The Band Plays that
followed in quick succession
A GRAND BANNER:
|The Corby Parade
Just thought I share my thoughts and experiences of the Corby District parade yesterday.
One of the unexpected joys of being an Orangemen in England is going on parades and seeing different parts of the country where Orangemen are present. Corby was a fascinating example - it is really not part of England at all, but a "Glasgow in the Midlands", populated by ex-steelworkers who came to work in the town. The atmosphere was entirely different from parading say, in Essex or Portsmouth, where the public reaction is one of bewilderment. Here we had cheerers waving Ulster flags (as, well, it must be said, at one point being confronted by the scowling hate-filled countenances of rough- looking men outside a pub where eggs had been disgracefully thrown at a ladies Lodge parade the day before.)
Perhaps the most gladdening sight was the inaugural parade by the just newly- reopened Bedford lodge no. 71 Bible and Crown Defenders, complete with a truly splendid Orange banner - the best I have seen - which for many years had been in storage "across the water". The lodge appeared to have several entirely English brethren (always encouraging) and a potential new English recruit was at the parade. The parade ended - fittingly enough - at the Glasgow Rangers supporters club, where the usual beverages were on offer and the atmosphere was one of family and community - this I was indeed envious of, because in England - where the atomization and moral decline of society has proceeded furthest - it would not be possible to create such an atmosphere in most places.
As always on Orange parades the main spirit is one of fraternity and goodwill, but I left the parade in thoughtful and sorrowful mood. During the speech at the end of the parade, a member of Grand Lodge spoke of the travails ahead. The mood was not aggressive but of quiet determination - the Protestant people has been pushed thus far, and would go no further. A reckoning was approaching. Since the majority on parade were Scottish exiles in England, this and the rather aggressive style of the Scottish Edelwood Flute Band brought home to me just how strong the bonds are....and that the bitterness is not confined to Ulster soil.
Many news reports (e.g. in this weeks Economist, for once reporting accurately) said that militancy was now becoming entrenched on sides, and I am forced to agree with their conclusion that extreme violence may be approaching. However, i think that most commentators have not yet - dare not - realized that not only may we may be descending into civil war in Ulster, but if violence flares then the probable forthcoming conflict will not be confined to Irish soil, but will suck in Scotland, England (to a much lesser degree) and possibly the Irish and Ulster-Scots diaspora in the Americas as well to greater or lesser degrees.
ANNOUNCER: And here comes the
The parade starts off, lead by the Corby Purple Star flute band, resplendent in their blue uniforms and berets, they set off leading the parade followed by the ladies and junior lodges...behind are the men lodges, consisting first of all of the first Corby lodge...the banner carriers have an eccentric way of hoping and skipping from side to side along the parade route. They are followed by the newly reformed Bedford lodge - No 71 Bible Crown and Defenders. This is Bedford's first parade since reforming and their splendid banner entitled the "the secret of England's greatness" looks like a galleon sail - and takes four men to carry against the wind!
Behind Bedford comes the black-suited Endlewood Band, boisterously singing the sash and plying at alternate intervals. They are followed by the second Corby lodge. In total around 300 brethren make up the procession.
ANNOUNCER: ALL THE WAY FROM AUSTRALIA
WAVING AND TOSSING OUT TREACLE TOFFEES TO THE CHILDREN! IT IS NONE OTHER THAN.....
EACH TOFFEE IS WRAPPED IN A FLYER UPON WHICH IS PRINTED THE ULSTER COVENANT AS A REMINDER FOR THE CHILDREN!
The Orange Order is dedicated to both religion and patriotism. This patriotism has supported the union of Northern Ireland with Britain as reflected by the historic struggle represented by the Ulster Covenant. It would be wrong however to characterize the Orange Order as a political organization. The Order does not support violence nor any one political party. It does however support basic loyalty to the crown.
Solemn League and Covenant
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JOIN IN ONE AND ALL!
THAT THERE IS A
GAP IN THE PARADE---SIR, SIR....PLEASE YES!...
YOU! THANK YOU COULD YOU TELL ME WHAT
DOES THE 12TH MEAN TO YOU?
What the Twelfth
Means to Me
There are three elements which make up a country twelfth: the social, the communal and the commemorative. As a child I was mainly aware of the first and last elements; that our relations descended upon us like a swarm of locusts; that old friendships were renewed, new ones cemented, deals struck and - occasionally - matches made. I was also ttaught that very long ago, a great man called King Billy had come to Ulster and saved us from being killed or forced to go back to Scotland from where we came. It was in his memory that we marched. King Billy himself along with the Marshall Duke of Schomburg and even George Walker, a Governor of 'derry who was Rector of St Michael's, a local Church, were displayed in all their glory on gorgeous banners. This is the most obvious significance of the twelfth, and the one which any un-biased observer can see. It is a carnival complete with fancy dress bands and festive food. It is the commemoration of a 17th century victory by the re-creation of a 17th century army, complete with banners, fifes and drums. As I grew older and was taken into the confidence of my elders, I became aware of the deeper significance of the celebration - its symbolic representation of community solidarity. The village where I was raised lies just by the foothills of the Cappagh mountains. For all the joy of the occasion; the carnival atmosphere; the hamburgers and the games, there were always whispered and half-remembered conversations about the shootings; the burned barns; the bullets pushed through the letter boxes; the intimidation that Protestants in Coalisland, Pomeroy, Cappagh, in fact all along the mountains, have had to bear for the past thirty years. The knowledge that we are on our own made, and makes, the significance of the occasion much more than simply social. The saying 'Where Orangemen cannot walk, Protestants cannot live' has been ridiculed many times. In spite of the ridicule no one has explained why, where Orangemen cannot walk, the Protestant population disappears like snow off a sheugh. The twelfth also represents continuity in our community, values and ideals passed from old to young and held in common by those of all ages. Freedom to worship and think and say what we like; our Protestant religion; the Union; our support for the British State and our independence from its corruption and secularism. Most of all, the twelfth is about our survival as a culturally and religiously distinct people.
The twelfth is
therefore a triumphant occasion. It is not a celebration of our neighbors
subjugation - for thirty years Orangemen ourselves have been the subjugated.
It is rather the triumph of the underdog, an entire community celebrating
our own survival in the face of midnight assassination, of economic war
and of the state sponsored anti-Protestant discrimination which encourages
so many of our young people to emigrate\ to England and Scotland in search
of work. It is a celebration of our community, our shared heritage, our
place in the world. It is also a statement: 'we are not defeated, we will
not be defeated, we are the people .. we go on.'
ANNOUNCER; YOU KNOW THE ORANGE ORDER IS NOT JUST FOR OLDER FOLKS IT IS FOR ALL AGES AND ALL WALKS OF LIFE. HERE ARE A GROUP OF JUNIOR ORANGEMEN WE WELCOME THE JUNIOR GRAND LODGE AS THE BAND PLAYS
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THE CROWD IS DRAWN TO SONG
Next comes Port Perry Centennial Lodge
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The Crowd is once again moved to song
YOU JUST LOVE THE PAGEANTRY OF IT ALL? THE COLORS OF THE BANNERS THE SMILES
ON THE CHILDREN'S FACES THE FLAGS WAVING IN HANDS! AND WHAT WOULD THE PARADE
BE WITHOUT A SONG OR TWO! WHAT DO YOU SAY SIR? YOU HAVE A SONG? WELL STEP
I KNOW THAT ONE ITS KING BILLY
AT THE BOYNE! THANK YOU SIR...NO WE DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THE DANCE JUST
NOW THANKS ANYWAY!
||But we will
ask you what does the 12 mean to you?:
Glad you asked- its not hard to tell!
Source: "The Twelfth - what it means to me" edited by Gordon Lucy and Elain McClure, Ulster Society Publications, 1997, ISBN 1 872076 35 1
Dominic Di Stasi was born and raised in the City of Toronto in Canada. His father came to Canada from Italy in 1907 and after a five year stay returned to Italy to bring back his family. While in Canada he attended the "Casa Metodista", a settlement house operated by the Methodist Church. In 1910 he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour and became a Protestant and later an Orangeman when Garibaldi Orange Lodge was instituted. After graduating high school, Dominic was employed in the Graphic Arts industry and later enrolled in the College of Education where he received his Secondary School Teachers' Certificate. He was on the Staff of the Toronto Board of Education for 26 years as a teacher and guidance counsellor. During World War II he served in the Canadian Armed Forces for nearly 5 years. He is a Past Worthy President of the Junior Orange Association, a Past Master of Giuseppe Garibaldi Orange Lodge, a Past County Master of Metropolitan Toronto and a Past Provincial Grand Master of Ontario. He has also served two terms as the Grand Master & Sovereign of the Grand Orange Lodge of Canada. Below are his comments about the Twelfth.
"To the Glorious, Pious and Immortal Memory of King William III, Prince of Orange."
These inspiring words can be found on many Orange lodge banners. Very soon we will be commemorating the 307th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. July Twelfth should never be forgotten. It should always be commemorated as it inspires the Protestant Faith, otherwise it will go the way of Reformation Sunday, which was observed every year by all Protestant denominations. Usually held the last Sunday of October and recorded on religious calendars and in literature, it was an opportunity to review the principles of Martin Luther on October 31st, 1517, and his famous last words at the Diet of Worms in Germany. The Boyne Battle was the high point of a great period that is recorded in history books as "The Glorious Revolution". The main events of that period are remembered by Orangemen and women all over the world. What were those historical events? I think this is a good time to remember some of them as we approach the greatest day in the Orange calendar.
1. The landing of the Prince of Orange at Brixham, England, on November 5th, 1688. William was invited to England to save it for Protestantism and liberty from a very unpopular Roman Catholic king. It was indeed a pleasure and a moving experience for me to have stood on that spot when the Imperial Orange Council held the 300th anniversary service at the monument of the Prince of Orange.
2. The closing of the gates of Derry on December 18th, 1688, by the heroic thirteen apprentice boys who seized the keys and with the shout of "no surrender" closed the gates to the forces of King James. The siege lasted 105 days until William's ships broke the boom and relieved the city on August 2nd, 1689.
3. The crowning of King William III and Mary as the joint monarchs of England on April 11th, 1689. This ended the divine right of kings to rule and established what is known today as parliamentary government.
4. The victory of King William III at the Battle of the Boyne July 12th, 1690. King James was defeated and Protestantism became established in England.
The Glorious Revolution introduced a whole new era of civil and religious liberties. It established a Protestant throne, constitutional government, the Bill of Rights of 1689 and the Toleration Act which established freedom of worship and which is now enjoyed today by most countries of the world.
The questions often asked by those who are not familiar with the Orange Lodge are: what is Orangeism? What is the Twelfth of July? What's this man on the white horse all about? Why celebrate an event that happened over 300 years ago? The counter question is: why celebrate St. Jean the Baptiste Day of 1834 or the Bastille Day of 1789? These events are celebrated because they have meaning and purpose to those who are associated with them.
What is Orangeism? Put simply, Orangeism is Protestantism, patriotism, fraternalism, and freedom. Orangeism is having a sincere love and reverance for God. Orangeism is having a steadfast faith in Jesus Christ the only mediator between God and man. What is Orangeism? It is loyalty to the Queen and the Protestant throne. Orangeism means civil and religious liberties. It means tolerance in judgment especially toward those who differ from us in faith and principles. Orangeism is defined by the Scriptures. "The Glory of God, the welfare of man, the honour of his sovereign and the good of his country." As we participate in the Twelfth of July celebrations this year let us pause to remember once again the deeds of our forefathers."
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