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Hi all

You may of seen the post going around from the NIVETS regarding the cancellation of this years Annual Parade

Here is the official letter

Dear Comrades,

Due to the present Covid19 crisis and the rules in place about social distancing, the Northern Ireland Veterans’ Association regrets to inform you that our annual Op Banner service of remembrance scheduled for 12th September at the National Memorial Arboretum is cancelled.

If the NMA is open to visitors in September, a small number of NIVA members with our standard will hold a short reading at the Ulster Ash Grove Memorial stones. A salute and wreath laying on behalf of all Op Banner veterans and Crown services will also take place.

When all restrictions are lifted, a date will be chosen when our service can resume and all Associations will be informed in plenty of time.

We at NIVA urge all veterans to keep safe during this present crisis and look forward to greeting you all when things return to normality.


The AGM will be Saturday 26th September and will be held in the conference suite at the Holiday Inn Express at Burton on Trent at 3 pm and then afterward at the RBL Alrewas. The Memorial Service will be Sunday 27th September starting at 11 am at the NMA. There are still many members to acknowledge their reunion invitation, can this please be done sooner rather than later, due to numbers being finalized for the catering. JT has spoken to Alrewas RBL and they are hoping that they will be open to accommodate us, however, we will continue to monitor government guidelines as opposed to social gatherings.

All planning is complete, we still require a small number of auction items. The agendas will be sent to all within the guidelines of the Constitution and Rules. Once this is done, any queries that members want to put forward to the committee can then be done.

On a final note, AGM etiquette will be implemented this year, all will be explained at the beginning of the AGM, so there is no free for all, and a measure of discipline is upheld. Hopefully, all members that had booked accommodation for the reunion have now rescheduled or cancelled with the minimum of fuss, although we know some members had difficulties with getting through, price changes etc. This should all now be sorted. JT has rebooked the RBL, NMA and buglers and the conference room. Everything is in place; it is just a waiting game now.

There is no requirement for any members to pay for tickets at this stage. JT will give members a reminder if the reunion is to go ahead if not, then those that have paid can be either reimbursed or their payments carry over to 2021. This will be the same for any members that have already paid their ticket monies and cannot attend in September. If the reunion is unable to go ahead in September, then it will be cancelled.

Phil Robinson will be carrying out his Association Standard Bearing duties in the confines of his home on Sunday 3rd May, this is to mark the occasion which would have been done had the Annual Memorial Service not been postponed. This will be videoed and put onto the Facebook members page. Thank’s Phil 



At this moment in time, the RBL have sent out registration forms for all Associations wanting to attend this years parade. JT has registered the Association and has applied for 40 tickets. The RBL will keep all Associations updated regarding the current situation and all changes that will impact this years parade. From August, the RBL will allow the registration of members wanting to apply for tickets, JT will add these accordingly. He may require additional information from members, as there is a strict criteria that he must adhere to in order to register participants.

If members are planning to stay in London over this period, you must keep an eye on the situation as it unfolds.