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On Friday 7th July 2017 The Royal British Legion will mark the centenary of the formal recognition of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, the first time women were fully enrolled in the UK Armed Forces, by holding a Drumhead Ceremony and Lunch Reception at the National Memorial Arboretum.  The event will commemorate all women who have served the Crown on operations, from all services.  This will be a large-scale, exciting and significant, national event for women to come together to celebrate 100 years of dedication and service.


Guests will need to be seated by 11:45 for the Drumhead Ceremony, which will be followed by a Lunch Reception.  The National Memorial Arboretum will be open from 09:00 – 17:00 and we encourage guests to take the opportunity to explore the more than 300 thought-provoking memorials that can be found on the 150-acre site.  There will be guest parking at the NMA and, for those coming by train, a free shuttle bus service between the Arboretum and both Tamworth and Burton-upon-Trent stations will be provided. You can find more information on how to get to the Arboretum on the NMA Website. 


Guest places are available to women who have served the Crown on military operation or in uniform. 

Registration is online at


If you have any queries about the event, you can email the Royal British Legion’s Commemorative Events team


Registration closes 9 June.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team.