The Allied Forces Pipes & Drums were appointed the Official Band of the Queen Elizabeth II Garden in 2011, bringing much awareness of the AFF’s mission through their formal involvement with annual ceremonies and observances in the City of New York.
The creation of the Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden (formerly the British Garden/British Memorial Garden), in the heart of Lower Manhattan, was prompted by a desire to honor and memorialize the 67 British subjects who lost their lives in the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001. In 2002, the St. George’s Society, under the then presidency of William R. Miller, CBE, embraced the idea of creating a permanent garden memorial.
The Garden is administered by the British Memorial Garden Trust, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded by the British Consulate and the St. George’s Society. The Garden’s newly expanded mission is to:
Celebrate the historic ties of friendship and unity between the United States of America, the Commonwealth countries and the United Kingdom.
Honour the British and Commonwealth victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Create a feeling of new life and growth in Lower Manhattan.
Bring British and Commonwealth heritage and arts initiatives to the community and City of New York.
Honour HM The Queen upon the occasion of Her Diamond Jubilee. From its beginnings, this New York City park has been funded through donations from foundations, individuals and corporations.