Northern Ireland Veterans’ Association

Service of Remembrance

National Memorial Arboretum

11.30am Saturday 14th September 2019

This years’ service will be held at 11.30am on Saturday 14th September 2019 at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire.

The service will commemorate and remember all those who lost their lives in service of the Crown as a result of the conflict in N. Ireland. There will be particular emphasis this year, given that it is 50 Years since the inception and deployment of Operation Banner.
We plan to lay a field of Poppy type crosses, each bearing the names of the Fallen. The crosses will bear the name and Regiment, and will be laid in Regimental lines, together with the Fallen of the civil uniformed services.

At this years’ service, Her Majesty The Queen will be represented by the Vice Lord Lieutenant Mr James Leavesley DL.

The chapel service will be followed by a parade down to the Ulster Ash Grove for the laying of wreaths. 

Following the laying of the wreaths, there will be a 15-minute pause before the parade forms up for the return march to the visitor centre during which the Vice Lord Lieutenenant will take the salute accompanied by other guests of honour.

The service is open to all and all Associations are welcome to parade their standards. It would be appreciated if Associations arranging for groups of their members to attend could notify us of numbers and confirm if their standard will be parading.
We look forward to welcoming you to our annual memorial service.

Efforts were made early last summer to involve the RBL in this 50th Anniversary Commemoration, however, the RBL elected not to meet with us and decided to hold its own memorial in August. NIVA has been holding an Annual Service of Remembrance since 2004.