The annual commemoration march began in 1973, organised by NICRA. Brigid Bond unveiled the monument in Rossville Street in 1974. From 1974 until 1990, Sinn Féin organised the commemoration until the Bloody Sunday Weekend Committee took over responsibilities.

In 1989, the Bloody Sunday Initiative (BSI) was founded, with responsibility to campaign for a proper inquiry.

The Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign (BSJC) was founded in 1992 with three clear demands: the repudiation of Widgery; the formal acknowledgement of the innocence of the victims; and the prosecution of those responsible. The BSI became the Pat Finucane Centre to champion wider human rights issues, and the Bloody Sunday Weekend Committee then assumed responsibility for the commemoration.

On the 25th anniversary in 1997, 40,000 people marched in support of the continuing fight for truth and justice.

A new inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday was announced in January 1998.

Campaigning continued throughout the inquiry, to maintain pressure for a just result, and through the years from the end of the inquiry in 2004 to the eventual release of the report in 2010, as the families endured interminable delays and frustration waiting on the outcome.

Find out more about the campaign for justice in our dedicated section.