The Chairman has received the following emails from the organisers of the OP BANNER 50 event

From: The Royal British Legion <commemorative.events@britishlegion.org.uk>
Subject: Op Banner 50 l Accreditation Amendment

The Royal British Legion launched its accreditation and registration for its Op Banner 50 event at the National Memorial Arboretum on 14th August 2019 in March this year.

Following feedback from Associations, we have decided to amend the registration process minimise the administrative burden for Associations and allow better outreach to eligible individuals.

All eligible individuals wishing to attend can now register their interest via the Commemorative Events Team.

Registration

When registering their interest, individuals will be asked for their full name, email and relevant Service Association, and will be sent a registration link via the existing Association accreditation portal. 

Associations will still have access to their account and will still be able issue invites, should they wish to do so. Association are encouraged to log in to their account to monitor registrations for their accounts.

Upon registration, individuals will also be asked to provide basic details of service, dates served in Northern Ireland, service number and rank.

As before, invitations are currently restricted to one per person. Two representatives from families of British Armed Forces and Civilian service personnel killed as a result of operations in Northern Ireland or paramilitary actions in other countries will be eligible to attend.

Promotion

We kindly ask Associations to promote the event on all their channels including newsletters, website, Facebook, Twitter and mailings. Please check out the Royal British Legion’s Facebook Page for updates. If you have any queries or need help promoting the event please contact the  Commemorative Events Team.

Carers

Allowances will be made for attendees requiring a carer. Individuals requiring a carer should email opbanner@britishlegion.org.uk once registered to request a carer place.

Association Standard Bearers

Association Standards are invited to represent their regiment at the event. Please contact the Commemorative Events Team if you wish register a Standard Bearer.

Host activity at your memorial at the NMA

There is still 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 directly: www.thenma.org.uk/events-at-the-arboretum/op-banner-50-register-your-event/

Please note all people attending the memorial or representing the Standard will also need to register for the event

Event FAQs

We encourage all associations to leads to read our events FAQs available on our website 

If you have any additional queries, please contact the Commemorative Events Team at opbanner@britishlegion.org.uk

Yours Sincerely,

Commemorative Events Team

We are pleased to announce that Veterans and Civilian Service personnel attending Op Banner 50 at the National Memorial Arboretum will now be able to bring a guest.

All registration forms have been updated to reflect the change, so newly issued invitations will allow guest details to be entered.

The Commemorative Events team will shortly contact all individuals that have already registered with a new registration link which will allow them to go back and add their guests details. Please visit our website for more information and event FAQs. 

If you have any further queries, please contact OpBanner@britishlegion.org.uk

Yours sincerely,

Commemorative Events Team