Lord Mayor remembers fallen heroes

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Anne Underwood, will lead the Remembrance Day Service and Parade on Sunday 12 November in Victoria Square. Everyone is invited to attend and also observe the two-minute silence at 11am.

The order of the day is as follows:

10.25am: Marching contingents to form on Colmore Row.

10.30am: Uniformed Contingents march on

10.35am: Members of the City Council and VIP’s proceed to the Grandstand

10.40am: The combined Bands march on.

10.55am: The Civic Wreath Laying Party leaves the Council House

10.56am: The Lord Mayor’s party arrive at the dias.

The Chaplain will conduct the Service of Remembrance.

11am: Roll of Drums followed by “The Last Post”. 

11.02am: Salute of gunfire. The Salvation Army will lead the singing of “O God our Help in Ages Past”. 

Followed by the laying of wreaths led by the Lord Mayor.

Remembrance Sunday Poppies

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On Wednesday 1st November the British Legion will launch their Poppy Appeal day in Birmingham to raise money for the Armed Forces community.

From volunteers, members of the Armed Forces, organisations from across the Midlands and local businesses will be supporting the Poppy Day. The largest one-day street collection in the Midlands, it will start early morning with collectors welcoming donations at spots all across the city including train stations and busy public spaces. Likely to be stuck in the office all day? That's ok, just look out for Armed Forces personnel who will be visiting into workplaces across the city to chat to staff and welcome donations. Outside crowds will be entertained by military bands and other live music, so come and join in for some entertainment and show your support to your Armed Forces.


The money raised through the Poppy Appeal goes directly to The Royal British Legion’s work providing through life support to anyone who is currently serving in the British Armed Forces, who has previously served, and their families. To find out more you can visit the British Legions Birmingham Poppy Appeal page.

Poppy Day Birmingham 2017

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Brief overview of the 2016 programme

10.00am - The Salvation Army Band and the West Midlands Fire Service Pipe Band commence to play on Centenary Square.
10.20am - Uniformed Contingents march on.
10.40am - Standards and Association march on.
10.50am - The Lord Mayor’s party will process from the ICC in the following order.- 
Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress
Councillor Carl Rice and Deed Curry
The Reverend Victor Van Den Bergh
The Bishop of Birmingham
The Right Reverend David Urquhart
Heads of Service
Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force

Arriving at the dais.

11.00am - Volley rifle fire by soldiers from 37 Signal Regiment.
Two Minutes Silence
11.02am - Volley of rifle fire by soldiers from 37 Signal Regiment.

• Bugler - Reveille
• Hymn - O God our Help in Ages Past
• Act of Commitment
• The Lord's Prayer
• Blessing
• Wreath Laying
• March Past
• Conclusion

Click here for more details on the full programme

Remembrance Sunday Service

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The Memorial Day Parade, commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War 1 and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War 1.

Armistice Day Parade

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Join the British Legion in Birmingham on 2nd November to raise money for the Armed Forces community during this year's Poppy Appeal Members of the Armed Forces, Volunteers and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham will be present supporting the day.

Collectors will be on commuter buses, at railway stations, Birmingham Airport and creating smiles at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

To find out more visit the British Legion Birmingham Poppy Day page

Birmingham Poppy Day

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To mark the 141 days of the Somme centenary join the Living Memory Project and discover, explore and remember the CWGC war graves near you. You can find out more details on the Living Memory Project here.

Living memory project - Hugh Dennis

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Armed Forces Day takes place in Centenary Square on Saturday 25th June.  

This event is to recognise the contribution made by the Armed Forces. There will be a Drumhead Service at 11.00am attended by the three Armed Forces, Royal British Legion and veterans. There will be stalls, displays, music, workshops, street entertainment, street food and a bar. The event will conclude with a Beat the Retreat at 3.30pm.

National Armed Forces Day - Birmingham

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Westside Business Improvement District will be celebrating ‘Sergeant Arthur Vickers’ Day’, commemorating 100 years since the Birmingham hero, was awarded a Victoria Cross.

Special Guests: Renowned Historian Professor Carl Chinn (MBE), Sergeant Arthur Vickers’ family, Councillor Mike Sharpe.

On this exceptional day Westside BID would like to honour Sergeant Arthur Vickers, by holding a mini exhibition and presenting his family with a special gift. Sergeant Arthur Vickers risked his life for his comrades and country, through one of the greatest acts of bravery, making him incredibly deserving of the Victoria Cross.

Professor Carl Chinn will be giving a short speech on the valiant Sergeant and why it is so important to celebrate our heroes. You can read more here about Sergeant Arthur Vickers

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Visit the Birmingham Weekender and take part in lots of fun events, ranging from:

Centenary Square 

Friday & Saturday Evening
Transe Express
Saturday & Sunday
Mexican Day of the Dead
Street food vendors
Haka Day Out
Toy Theatre Project
Strictly Night Cycling
Sunday only
Lady Godiva

Victoria Square

Saturday & Sunday
Musical Picnic
Street theatre acts delivered by the Hippodrome Street food vendors

Oozells Square

Saturday & Sunday
Craft Space
Crowns of Confidence Def Motion

Birmingham Weekender 2015

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