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National service of commemoration to mark the end of combat operations in Afghanistan

The Prime Minister has announced that a service of commemoration will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral on 13 March, followed by a parade.

A service of commemoration, attended by Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, will be held to mark the end of combat operations in Afghanistan, and to honour the contribution of all those in the UK who worked from 2001 to 2014 to make the country safer and more stable.

Those who will be invited to the service, will include:

  • senior government and military representatives
  • representatives of other nations who formed part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan
  • representatives from units in the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force that have served in Afghanistan, both Regular and Reserve
  • veterans
  • the next of kin of deceased Service personnel
  • representatives of government, non-government organisations and industries who have contributed to the UK’s efforts across Afghanistan during this time

A parade made up of personnel who served in Afghanistan will take place after the service, followed by a reception at Guildhall hosted by The City of London Corporation.

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