Flying the Flag’ ceremony for Armed Forces Day

By on 17/06/2011 in Culture, News
  • WHAT:  Raising of the Armed Forces Day Flag, to signify the run up to Armed Forces Day
  • WHERE: Victoria Square, Birmingham
  • WHEN: Monday 20th June
  • TIME:  10.00am

Birmingham Lord Mayor, Councillor Anita Ward and representatives from the British Army, Navy and Air Force will be raising the Armed Forces Day flag in Victoria Square in Birmingham at 10am on Monday 20th June.  The 'Flying the Flag' event signifies the start of a week leading up to the annual Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25 June. 

The 'Flying the Flag' ceremony will be one of many that will be taking place throughout the country on Monday 20th June to mark the build up to the national Armed Forces Day event on Saturday 25 June.  In addition to the representatives from the Army, Navy and Air Force will be armed forces cadets as well as members of the Royal British Legion and the National Ex Services Association.

This year's Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25 June will again be an opportunity for the public to say thank you and recognise the outstanding contribution made by the Armed Forces community.  The event will start at 11am with a private ceremony at the Hall of Memory where names of the fallen will be added to the Book of Remembrance.  There will be a march from Centenary Way bridge to Centenary Square at 11.30am, with a Drum Head and Outdoor Service at 11.45am. 

There will also be live entertainment on stage in Victoria Square from 11am - 5pm, including performances by the Forces Sweethearts, a drill display from Royal Marines 1 Troop (National Drill Trophy champions) and a Beat the Retreat at 4.30pm.

For further details on Armed Forces Day please contact 0121 303 3008 or visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/armed-forces-day.

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Media Contact: Jason Lewis: jason_lewis@birmingham.gov.uk tel: 0121 303 4266

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