A MEMORIAL was unveiled in Derry yesterday in memory of eight Orangemen killed as a result of the Troubles.
The tablet pays tribute to members of the Orange Order who died in attacks across two decades including the 1972 Claudy bombings and 1993 Greysteel massacre. Relatives of the deceased joined senior Orange Order members at a remembrance service in St Columb's Cathedral yesterday afternoon as the memorial was officially unveiled.
It will eventually go on permanent display at the Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall in the city.
Orange Order grand master Edward Stevenson paid tribute to those members who died due to the Troubles. "We must never forget the Orange Order suffered the largest institutional loss for a civilian organisation during the Troubles," he said. "This was the result of barbaric, deliberate and calculated murderous attacks, predominantly by republican terrorists, which should be condemned without reservation. "We owe it to the memory of our murdered brethren to never bow to the perpetrators of such terror." The service of remembrance and thanksgiving, officiated by Dean William Morton, and was both preceded and followed by an Orange parade.