42 years ago today, in the wake of absolute lawlessness and sectarian violence, British soldiers were sent into Northern Ireland to aid the civil powers. This came to be known as Op Banner. 28 years later, 1,300 British soldiers and 307 Policemen had been killed as a consequence of the 'troubles. Northern Ireland Veterans Association Northern Ireland Veterans Association Service of Remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffs: 11.30am Saturday 17th September 2011. All are welcome. Remembering those from the security forces who lost their lives during the conflict in Northern Ireland.