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NORTHERN IRELAND (OP BANNER) DAY
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Sorry its late going on here
NORTHERN IRELAND (OP BANNER) MEMORIAL SERVICE & GATHERING
SATURDAY 10TH AUGUST 2019

For those who have requested places at the OP BANNER Memorial Service and Gathering please read the event instructions below.

1. Background. The Regiment will hold the Op BANNER Memorial Service and Gathering on Saturday 10th August at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA).
2. Outline of Event. There are two parts:
a. A Service open to all the Fusilier family at the Fusilier Memorial, starting at 1130. The Service will be led by the Honorary Regimental Chaplain, the Reverend Canon Keith Punshon.
b. A buffet reception for up to 200 guests in the ‘Aspects’ Events Hall afterwards. This is an invitation only event for the first 200 guests who register to attend the event.
3. The Format of the Day.
a. Attendees and guests arrive at the NMA. Cars and coaches will park at the normal NMA carpark.
b. All will be met by a dedicated desk in NMA reception, manned by the Warwickshire Association, and directed to the Fusilier Memorial. It is hoped that members of Warwickshire ACF Cadets will be placed en-route to act as guides. To avoid queues, there is no ticket check at reception.
c. All will assemble at the FUSILIERS Memorial. NOK will have priority on the seating. Warwickshire ACF members will be there to guide and hand out OOS. The Band will be playing. At 1130 the Service will begin.
d. At the end of the Service, NOK have the chance to lay their own tributes at the Memorial. Those not attending the buffet are then free to tour the NMA if they wish.
e. All NOK, hosts and invited Association representatives proceed to the Aspects Events Hall (by the main NMA building) for the invitation-only buffet lunch. Fusilier Association (Warwickshire) members will be at the Marquee entrance to check names. A finger buffet will be served with refreshments. The bar will be open for guests to purchase alcoholic drinks. The Warwickshire Band will provide a quintet during the reception. At the end, all guests are free to tour the NMA if they wish.
4. Timings.
a. 1000: Welcome Desk open.
b. 1105: FUSILIER Band (Warwickshire) start playing at the Fusilier Memorial.
c. 1125: All seated / in place at the Memorial.
d. 1130 – 1200: Memorial Service.
e. 1200 – 1230: Tour NMA and move to Aspects – bar open at 1200.
f. 1230 – 1400: Buffet Reception.
g. 1430: Disperse or tour NMA (self-sufficient).
5. The NMA address.
The National Memorial Arboretum
Croxall Road
Alrewas
Staffordshire DE13 7AR
www.thenma.org.uk

6. Coordinating Instructions.
a. Dress
(1) Serving: SD with leather and medals.
(2) Retired: Jacket/tie and medals.
(3) Cadets: MTP.
b. Car and coach parking
(1) Parking at either NMA or at the main visitor carparks at £3 a day (note: no change given by machines).
(2) Coaches are to drop off at NMA Reception, then park in the main carpark. A suitable notice is needed in the coach window to help NMA marshals.
c. Wet Weather arrangements. The Service will continue as planned. All should dress for the weather on the day. Only the Reverend Canon Punshon will be under cover.
d. NMA Buggies. There will be 2 x NMA buggies available at Reception from 1030 to transport those with restricted mobility to the Fusilier Memorial.
Places are still available for this event. If you wish to attend the event, then please contact: rhq@thefusiliers.org
and put in the header OP BANNER 10 Aug.


Colonel (Retd) J W Denny MBE
Regimental Secretary

The FUSILIERS
RHQ


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