Op Banner 50

Op Banner 50

Last Day for registration 31 Jul 2019

British troops were deployed onto the streets of Northern Ireland on the 14 August 1969 in response to growing sectarian unrest.

The military campaign was code named Operation Banner (Op Banner) and the General Service Medal (Northern Ireland) was awarded to over 300,000 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 of their names are listed on the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

The Royal British Legion will host a commemorative event on Wednesday 14 August 2019 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 for recipients of the General Service Medal (Northern Ireland), Emergency Services in support of Op Banner and families of British Armed Forces and Emergency Services personnel killed as a result of operations in Northern Ireland.

The National Memorial Arboretum will open at 9am and close at 5pm. The Commemorative Ceremony will begin at 2pm at the Armed Forces Memorial and there will be a number of Associations hosting their own memorial activities throughout the day. 

Due to a large-scale, private Commemorative event, the Arboretum will be closed to visitors all day on Wednesday 14 August. Only accredited people can enter the site.

Further information is available the National Memorial Arboretum website.