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British troops deployed onto the streets of Northern Ireland on the 14 August 1969, in response to growing sectarian unrest. The military campaign was code named OP BANNER and the General Service Medal (Northern Ireland) was awarded to 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 result of operations in Northern Ireland or paramilitary actions in other countries. All their names are listed on the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA).
This August, two commemorations events are being held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the start of Op BANNER:
• A Royal British Legion (RBL) organised event for all Arms & Services
• An event arranged by RHQ and the Regimental Association for Fusiliers only
Please note that the two are separate events.
THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION (RBL) EVENT – 14 AUG AT THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM (NMA)
The Royal British Legion will host a commemorative event on Wednesday 14 August 2019 beginning at 2.00pm to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK Armed Forces’ deployment on operations in Northern Ireland – the longest continuous campaign in British military history.
The event will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum. Please note that this RBL Op Banner 50 event will be a closed, accredited event. You need to be a holder of the General Service Medal (Northern Ireland) as it is not open to the general public.
For more information on the Op Banner 50 event please visit the RBL website: https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/op-banner-50/. You are strongly recommended to read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which you will find once you open the above link.
This event is likely to be well attended (maximum 20,000 attendees) and the details of what the RBL is planning on the day are still being formulated. Please note that the Regiment will not have any formal representation at this event due to its size.
However, you may attend as an individual. If so, you can bid for a named, non-transferrable ticket and RHQ FUSILIERS has been asked by RBL to collate applications from Fusilier individuals.
If you wish to attend as an individual, please complete this table:
Rank First Name Last Name Email Address Address Approx Tour Dates
Then send your application to the following email address:
firstname.lastname@example.org, putting in the Subject Box: RBL OP BANNER 50 Event. Attn of Julie Lok
Bids are required by 10th June.
Please ensure you put RBL OP BANNER 50 Event in the Subject Box