Paying tribute to our armed forces

By on 10/06/2009 in News

City centre visitors can learn all about life in First World War trenches or test themselves on a military assault course when Birmingham City Council marks Armed Forces Day later this month.

Centenary Square will host a free all-day event on Saturday June 27, celebrating the armed forces and this year’s focus will be on young people’s contribution to the army, navy and royal air force.

The day will open with a ceremony to add the names of Birmingham people who have died in service during the past year to the Book of Remembrance at the Hall of Memory. The ceremony will be attended by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Michael Wilkes.

Planned activities include:

· Living history including WW1 displays of billets, a field hospital, military vehicles, trench displays and interactive drills

· Armed forces displays, including an assault course and recruitment information

· Live stage performance, including the Fourth Mercian Band and The Band of the West Midlands Fire Service

· Food demonstrations and taster sessions by the Royal Logistics Corps

· Veterans societies displays and exhibitions

· Popular war time films at local cinemas at a discounted rate.

Cabinet Member for Leisure Sport and Culture Councillor Martin Mullaney said: “This action packed day is a perfect opportunity to pay tribute to veterans and also find out all about our modern armed forces. It promises to be a fun filled and educational event.”

He added: “We hope to build on the successes of previous years and are looking forward to a day of celebrating the bravery and courage of our armed forces.”

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