The spirit is sustained and promoted by members organising parades, exhibitions, lectures, music, art and drama. Membership is open to any male affiliated to the reformed Protestant faith.
The Association has no secret symbols or oaths, however there is a certain ritual observed during opening and closing ceremonies and a respectful decorum maintained during meetings.
Members living at a distance join Branch Clubs in their local area which are attached to a Parent Club.
Enrolled Branch Club members are obligated to attend an initiation ceremony inside the Walls of Londonderry, before they are accepted as full members of the Association.
The Association has around 10,000 members throughout the World.
The Associated Clubs of the Apprentice Boys of Derry is essentially a number of separate Clubs who came together to form the organisation as it is today.
The Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall is best known as the headquarters of the Apprentice Boys of Derry, with the adjacent Siege Museum open late 2015.
The Apprentice Boys of Derry Association is a Christian, historical and cultural organisation, committed to maintaining the spirit of courage and liberty displayed by the Defenders of Londonderry in 1688-1689
Each year the Apprentice Boys of Derry celebrate two dates in the city of Londonderry. First, the closing of the City Gates by thirteen young Apprentices against the enemy forces on 18th December (New Calendar). And second, when the City was relieved after the Siege, having held out and not surrendered despite about 10,000 of the defenders dying in Her defence, on 12th August (New Calendar).
Those celebrations take the form of a parade by the organisation to and from a Church Service held in the historic Saint Columb's, Church of Ireland (Anglican), Cathedral. The organisation has some 10,000 members, who converge on Londonderry to take part in the commemorative parade though the City. A wreath of Remembrance is laid at the City’s Memorial to remember all those who have died over the centuries, including the First and Second World Wars, defending our heritage of civil and religious liberty for all.
The “Derry Celebrations”
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