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As many of you are already aware an Afghanistan (OP HERRICK) Commemoration Service will be held at St Pauls Cathedral on 13 Mar 15. The Service is by invitation only with an emphasis on the families of those service personnel KIA. Following the Service, military personnel and those families wishing to, will march from St Pauls to the Guildhall. Afghanistan Veterans are invited to take part in the march. This part of the Commemoration is being organised by the RBL. Any Fusilier, Afghanistan veteran who wishes to march is requested to complete the attached proforma and send to the RBL. Full details of the parade are also attached.
Brigadier (Retd) I R Liles
Head of Armed Forces Engagement
Patron Her Majesty The Queen
The Royal British Legion
199 Borough High Street
London SE1 1AA
T 020 3207 2347
F 020 3207 2319
NATIONAL COMMEMORATION TO MARK THE END OF COMBAT OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN - ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL, THE GUILDHALL, & WELLINGTON BARRACKS, LONDON: FRIDAY 13TH MARCH 2015
A. Prime Minister’s announcement National service of commemoration to mark the end of combat operations in Afghanistan dated 28 Jan 15.
B. MOD Stakeholders Meeting (Service of Commemoration in Afghanistan) dated 10 Feb 15.
C. TRBL Initial Brief (Afghanistan Parade) dated 10 Feb 15.
D. TRBL meeting with COBSEO, Mountbarrow House dated 11/14:00Feb15.
The Prime Minister has announced that a service of commemoration will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral on 13 March (Reference A), to mark the end of combat operations in Afghanistan, and to honour the contribution of all those in the UK who supported the campaign effort between 2001 to 2014. A parade made up of serving personnel and veterans who fought in Afghanistan will be undertaken after the service, followed by a reception at Guildhall for serving personnel and a concurrent reception for veterans to be hosted in the vicinity of Wellington Barracks; a VVIP will attend the latter event at Wellington Barracks, and meet veterans.
Since PM’s announcement the MOD has approached the Royal British Legion (at Reference B) requesting its assistance to provide support in two key areas:
• In collaboration with other Service charities, to provide a marching detachment (known as ‘Detachment Number #6’) of up to 400 Veterans.
• To host a reception for Veterans and their families at Wellington Barracks (with capacity for up a further 600 guests – 1000 people in total)
The Legion has since engaged Cobseo (yesterday, Reference D) in order to discuss best ways to generate support for the undertaking, and seek out primary points of contact - hence our call to arms. Our aim is to encourage your veterans to participate and be given an appropriate opportunity to salute their peers, their fallen comrades, and their loved ones who have supported them at home. HQ London District and the Garrison Commander for Wellington Barracks have been approached to help enable delivery for the veteran’s reception afterwards.
The outline requirement is for a total of no more than 400 veterans in sum; (roughly) 100 veterans from the Royal Navy, and Royal Marines; 200 veterans representing the Army; a final increment of up to 100 veterans from the Royal Air Force. Places will be allocated on a first come-first served basis.
The basic format of the event is as follows:
• Dress – Jacket and service/regimental tie, wearing medals (the Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan is certainly a qualifying entrance requirement to assist accreditation purposes). Head dress may be worn if desired.
• NLT 0930hrs - Veterans and their families muster ivo Wellington Barracks. Note: strict security and accreditation arrangements will be in place (refer to Enclosure 1, Accreditation). Photographic identification will be essential.
• From 1030hrs - Veterans to be transported to St Paul’s where they will muster prior to forming rear detachment of the 6 marching contingents; their families are kindly asked to remain in place at Wellington barracks throughout, with facilities to watch live BBC live-coverage of event and to take refreshments.
• 1100hrs - service of commemoration at St Paul’s Cathedral, to be attended by members of the Royal Family & other Heads of State.
• 1215-1245hrs - March past, including 6 detachments + 4 military Bands through the City of London, past St. Paul’s, to the Guildhall. (Thereafter, veterans return to Wellington Barracks on dedicated transport and rendezvous with their families).
• 1300–1430hrs: Legion sponsored reception for participating Veterans and their families at Wellington Barracks.
• From 1530hrs – Disperal.
Please may I appeal for your help, to connect to your campaign veterans from the war in Afghanistan, and encourage them to come to London and play their part in what is undoubtedly an important national act of recognition. You should note that the Legion is planning to execute an above-the-line publicity campaign through national print media in order to energise veteran support for the event.
It is imperative to the Legion that we collaborate openly and effectively with Cobseo, the single service associations, and other service charity partners to bring this event to fruition in a manner that does justice to the Armed Forces community and the nation.
Head of Armed Forces Engagement
1. NATIONAL COMMEMORATION TO MARK THE END OF COMBAT OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN – VETERAN ACCREDITATION / EVENT PASS APPLICATION (for completion)
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