36th Ulster Division Memorial Association
Apprentice Boys of Derry
Armagh Unionist Centenary Committee
Confederation of Ulster Bands
Democratic Unionist Party
Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland
Independent Loyal Orange Institution
Progressive Unionist Party
Ulster Volunteer Force Memorial Regimental Band Association.
Ulster Bands Association
Ulster Defence Union 1893
Ulster Unionist Party
West belfast Athletic and Cutural Society
Welcome to www.unionistcentenaries.com
Another year in our “decade of Unionist centenaries” has passed. Another successful year for our community with the outstanding event being the parade through Belfast by our entire community on the 9th May 2015 to mark the Review of the 36th in May 1915 as they paraded past the City Hall. The parade last year was fantastic and drew praise from the PSNI, both governments and of course our own community. There was a real feel good factor about the parade with horses and their riders in period costume plus hundreds of others dressed as soldiers and nurses.
The Unionist Centenary Committee has in all the events it has organised based them on the agreed principles. They are;
- · Commemorations/Events had to be based on fact.
- · Communities should develop evidence based activities which give people an in depth understanding after considering what the broader implications are of their event.
- · Recognise and respecting different perceptions/impacts.
- · Work towards outcomes which provide a better understanding for all.
As we enter a crucial period in 2016 it is essential that all those organising events
abide by these agreed principles.
For the Unionist community we have two major centenaries to mark;
1. The Battle of Jutland – the only major engagement between the navies of Britain and Germany during the Great War.
2. The Battle of the Somme – which lasted from the start of July until mid November.
The costliest battle in British military history.
The Unionist Centenary Committee is a member of the Northern Ireland WW1 Centenary Committee chaired by Jeffrey Donaldson MP who in turn sits on the UK wide centenary committee. For the events listed we as a community must take the lead from what is being organised nationally. Once that is established we shall see what local community activities we can encourage or support to reflect and support the national activities.
We look forward to paying our respects to our fallen but at the same time we should remember with pride the bravery of our men and women who fought during the 1914-19 war.