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Service to Remember Military Sacrifices in Iraq

Service to Remember Military Sacrifices in Iraq

News Release issued by the COI News Distribution Service on 10 August 2009


Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will attend a service of remembrance to be held in St Paul’s Cathedral at 1100hrs on Friday 9 October 2009 to mark the end of combat operations in Iraq, the Ministry of Defence confirms today.

The service will be an opportunity to honour the members of the UK Forces and civil servants who served in Iraq and to remember those who gave their lives over the six year operation.

Attendance at the service will be by invitation only and the majority of the congregation will consist of serving and ex-serving veterans of the conflict, along with their commanders, the injured and families of those who died.

Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth said:

“This service will provide an opportunity to remember the enormous contribution made by some 120,000 members of the UK Armed Forces and their civilian colleagues who have served in Iraq over six years. In particular it will be a time to remember the ultimate sacrifice made by those who died and who contributed to the greater peace and stability that exists in Iraq today.”

Notes to Editors:

On 15 Jun 09 the Prime Minister announced that a service of thanksgiving and commemoration would be held this autumn to mark the end of combat operations in Iraq.

Arrangements for media attendance will be announced nearer the time. Any enquiries regarding this aspect should be directed to Victoria Beacon in Defence PR on 0207 218 6162 or


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