Lest we forget

By on 05/11/2009 in Blog

lm-blogLord Mayor of Birmingham Michael Wilkes urges the people of the city to support Sunday’s Remembrance parade.

The armed forces - currently serving men and women and veterans - have played a significant part in my time as Lord Mayor of Birmingham.

One of my very first engagements was a Council House reception for members of the Burma Star Association, while we've also had freedom parades for HMS Daring and the 26th Regiment Royal Artillery.

So Sunday marks one of the most important engagements in my year as Lord Mayor - the annual Remembrance Day Parade.

Reports of five British soldiers killed in an attack by an Afghan police officer this week serve as a tragic and timely reminder of just how much we owe to the brave men and women of our armed forces and I'm sure the people of Birmingham will once again turn out in force on Sunday.

You may have seen reports over the last few days that this year's ceremony has been relocated to the front of the Rep Theatre, from its usual venue at the Hall of Memory, due to exploratory work taking place on the proposed site of the new Library of Birmingham.

But can I just assure people the area we'll be using will be free of any building work and all these arrangements have been discussed with the Birmingham Federation of Ex-Servicemen, the Royal British Legion, the Nautical Club (Birmingham Royal Navy Social Club) and all are satisfied with the arrangements.

We have the slight advantage that this will be more intimate as people will be closer to the parade itself and I'm sure that Birmingham people will turn out in their usual good numbers for this important occasion.

Everything we've done with the Armed Forces in Birmingham this year has been very well supported by the people of the city and I'm sure Sunday will be no exception.

Sunday’s proceedings get underway at 10am. Click on the link below for the itinerary in full.

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