We are very pleased to announce the Hall of Memory reopens today! A ceremony to commemorate the opening will be conducted by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Yvonne Mosquito at 11am today at the Hall of Memory.
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.
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.
SUPPORTING THE POPPY APPEAL
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.
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
• Wreath Laying
• March Past
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.
The opening of the Garden of Remembrance signals the launche of 'Remembrance Week' which takes place every year at 11am on the Monday prior to the Remembrance Sunday.
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
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.
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.
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