Armed Forces Day will be marked in Birmingham with a day of events and activities in Centenary Square on Saturday, June 25, from 10am to 4pm.
Veterans organisations represented on the day will include the Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes and the War Widows Association, who will have stalls with displays and information about their work.
There will also be displays and activities from the Armed Forces and the RAF School of Physical Training, as well as a children’s workshop, a ‘Mad Science Show’ with different experiments for people to try, plus a mini-zoo with various exotic creatures, including meerkats. There will also be street food outlets and a bar.
Live music comes courtesy of the Midland Military Choir, who will treat the crowds to sea shanties and national songs, as well as the Eureka Jazz Band.
A Drum Head Service will take place at 11am, when the Army, Navy and RAF regiments will march alongside the veterans associations, led by the Royal Signals Band for a service and prayers.
The afternoon will be brought to a close at 3.30pm with Beat the Retreat, which yet again promises to be a real spectacle not to be missed.
Lord Mayor of Birmingham Cllr Carl Rice, who will be attending the event, said: “Armed Forces Day is a chance for people to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community. Additionally, it is also important to show support for the families of our Armed Forces, including war widows.
“I hope that as many people as possible will join me at this year’s Armed Forces Day for what promises to be a fantastic event for the whole family.”