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British troops were deployed onto the streets of Northern Ireland on the 14 August 1969, in response to growing sectarian unrest. The military campaign was code named OPERATION BANNER.

Over 300k Service personnel that were deployed into Northern Ireland over the subsequent 38 years. In total, 1,441 UK Armed Forces personnel died as a result of operations in Northern Ireland or paramilitary actions in other countries.

The Royal British Legion will host a commemorative event on Wednesday 14 August at the National Memorial Arboretum to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK Armed Forces' deployment on operations in Northern Ireland - the longest continuous operation in British Military history.

Recipients of the General Service Medal (Northern Ireland) and those in a civil service in support of Operation Banner wishing to attend this service are required to register their attendance, using the direction provided by The Royal British Legion, available here. Attendees are invited to bring one accompanying guest to the event.  Representatives from families of British Armed Forces personnel killed as a result of operations in Northern Ireland are also invited to register.

Please note you will not be able to attend this event without registering your attendance. All attendees and their guests are required to accredit prior to the event. The Arboretum site will be CLOSED to those not registered to attend the service. For more information on the closure please click here.

Event Parking and Drop-Off
Access for all guests to the National Memorial Arboretum on this day will be via the Catton Hall Park and Ride facility, Catton Park, Walton-on-Trent, DE12 8LN. All event traffic will be directed here. On the day once you have received your wristband, a shuttle bus will transport you to the Arboretum, which is a short drive away. All shuttle buses are access friendly.

As part of the Op Banner 50 Commemoration, there will be an opportunity for units and Associations with memorials at the Arboretum to host their own activity. Associations intending to take advantage of this opportunity are asked to register their intent with the Arboretum here. Please note that this form will not register your attendance or other people from your Association to the OP Banner Event, you will need to be a GSM (NI) medal holder and have registered for the event separately. 

For further information about this event, including registering your attendance, please click here.

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Arboretum Grounds
Please note the Arboretum will be CLOSED to those not registered to attend the service.
Email opbanner@britishlegion.org.uk
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