The Annual Relief Commemorations will be like no other for the Apprentice Boys of Derry.
The 331st Anniversary of the Relief of Londonderry, commemorating the end of the great
Siege of 1688-89, will be like none that any of our members will have experienced.
The Apprentice Boys of Derry knows that at this time there are many who have themselves
gone through the pain of loss and isolation as a consequence of COVID19 restrictions.
We are reminded that we all have a part to play in keeping others safe. Bringing thousands
to the streets of Londonderry in current circumstances would be as irresponsible as it would
Across the UK and further afield our Members will be recalling the loss and sacrifice of the
besieged and all those who have given their all for Civil & Religious Liberty in quiet and
dignified acts of Remembrance.
Here in Londonderry the Apprentice Boys will maintain the traditions of the Association
associated with the Relief of Londonderry Commemorations. A small parade of no more
than thirty members, led by Officers of General Committee will Walk the Walls on the
morning of the 8th August, there will be a dignified Act of Remembrance at the City War
Memorial, and a short Service of Thanksgiving for deliverance will take place in the grounds
of St Columb’s Cathedral.
There will be no main parade. The colour and spectacle of the day will be replaced by three
members undertaking a sponsored walk to raise funds for the Siege Museum and towards
assisting Members facing difficult times.
Commenting on the weekend coming, Graeme Stenhouse, Governor of the Apprentice Boys:
“As Governor, along with the Officers of General Committee” we would wish all our
members good health and God’s blessing as we remember the bravery and fortitude of
those besieged this coming weekend, remembering the ultimate joy they found in gaining
release from their confinement.”
The bells will be rung, and the colour crimson will be worn.
Vita Veritas Victoria.