The Royal British Legion has announced plans to host a commemorative event at 14:00 on Wednesday 14 August 2019 to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK Armed Forces’ deplayment on operations in Northern Ireland – the longest continuous operation in British Military history.

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.

Event registration and accreditation

The event will be a closed, accredited event and invitations and accreditation will be managed using a similar process to the Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph. As with the Cenotaph, we (TRBL) would be grateful for your continued suppoprt and help.

Invite Process

To attend, individuals must have been awarded the GSM(NI) (or civilian equivalent in the case of the emergency service).

The Association point of contact is Alan Mitchell (Chairman) to whom requests to attend should be sent using the email   or call him on 01495 240580.

Alan needs to submit all Association request for accreditation and invites by Sunday 16 June. Tickets will be issued (via email) in the final week of July.