Events & Parades 2024

Events and Parades 2024

Edited 21/06/2024

Monday 24th June; Raising the Flag Ceremony to launch Armed Forces week, form-up 09:20hrs. for 09:50hrs ceremony in Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2HF

Saturday 29th June: Hi all, come and support all our armed forces, past, present, future, British and commonwealth on Saturday 29th June, everyone welcome, including standard bearers, veterans, serving military personnel, form-up 10:20 for 10:50 march on for 11:00 service in Central square, Brindley place for act of remembrance and to thank and honour the armed forces with the history of the armed forces. have a good day and forward onto colleagues’ and interested friends. Organized by “West Side Bid” and SSAFA, greater Birmingham branch, events start at 10:00 including activities, stalls, and entertainment, events to be confirmed.

Armed Forces Day 27th June; (nearest Saturday) Armed Forces Day in the United Kingdom is an annual event celebrated in late June to commemorate the service of men and women in the British Armed Forces. Veterans’ Day was first observed in 2006. Although an official event, it is not a public holiday in the UK. The name was changed from Veterans Day to Armed Forces Day in 2009.

Sunday 30th June; HIMLEY ARMED FORCES DAY 2023 Armed Forces Day returns for another year at the prestigious Grade II listed Himley Hall & Park. The free event runs from 11am to 5pm and offers fun for all the family, including a vintage military vehicle display, vintage fairground rides, Punch and Judy shows and dance lesson taster sessions. There will also be a paintball gallery, archery and rifle range to have a go at. In the park vintage homewares, crafts and clothing will be on offer and our vintage tea tent will be serving ‘tea for the troops’. Highlights of the day will include an opportunity to meet regular and reserve military units and watch as past and present armed forces personnel are presented with their veterans’ badges and service medals. In the afternoon, marching bands, standard-bearers and members of the Armed Forces will join together for the spectacular Beating Retreat, a military tradition dating back centuries.

Monday 1st July; annual Veteran’s Day at Swanshurst school, Brook Lane, Birmingham, B13 0TW, Rishi Sunak calling a General Election for 4th July has rather scuppered our plans for Veterans’ Day as we can’t have Steve and therefore lose any chance of sponsorship. I’ve, (Doug Smith) been into Swanshurst today and they are happy to go with a slim down version which would go something like this: 09:30 veterans arrive, 09:30 – 10:45 tea/coffee and I will get girls to come in on an informal basis to talk to the veterans, 10:45 -10:55 – official welcome by Lord Lieutenant, Lord Mayor and Mike Dunn (Headteacher) – hopefully, 10:55 – 11:05 veterans go out on the grass area for act of remembrance, “Last Post” silence “Reveille”, 11:05 – 11:55 3 classes of Year 8 will come in to talk to the veterans. 12:00 – light refreshments, 12:30 – veterans leave. It will be more like Remembrance Day except we will have the girls talking to veterans like on Veterans Day. everyone, including veterans and standard bearers very welcome.

Sunday 7th July Somme Sunday, at Aston parish church, Witton Lane, Birmingham, B6 6QA, to be organised by the RRF HQ. Warwick, the RRF HQ. are holding a church service first but anyone who does not want to go into church will form-up 11:15 for 11:45 act of remembrance and wreath laying service at the war memorial in the church grounds.

🎉 Join Us for Birmingham Armed Forces Day 2024

📅 Date: 29th June 2024
🕗 Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
📍 Location: Brindley Place:

Hosted by; The Westside Business Improvement District (BID),Celebrate and honour our brave servicemen and women at the Birmingham Armed Forces Day 2024. This special event is dedicated to recognizing the invaluable contributions of our veterans, active military personnel, and the armed forces of the Commonwealth nations. Enjoy a day filled with exciting performances, engaging activities, and heartfelt tributes.

Event Highlights:

  • 🎺 9:30 AM: Coleshill Youth Brass Band.
  • 🎤 10:00 AM: Welcome and opening speeches with Special Guests.
  • 🎖 11:00 AM: Veterans & MPCT Marching In – A moving parade showcasing the pride and dedication of our veterans and Commonwealth forces.
  • 🏳 11:15 AM: Salute to our Armed Forces – Honor the courage and sacrifice of our military and Commonwealth partners.
  • 🎶 11:30 AM & 2:00 PM: Boogaloo Babes Performances.
  • 🌇 2:45 PM: Sunset Ceremony.

Veterans and Commonwealth Spotlight:

  • Meet and greet with veterans from various military branches and the Commonwealth nations.
  • Hear inspiring stories and experiences first-hand.
  • Special tributes and recognitions throughout the day.
  • Learn the important work that SSAFA does to help all veterans from all branches of the forces;

Plus, don’t miss the chance to mingle with veterans and enjoy refreshments at the Brinley Place. Bring your family and friends to this fantastic community event and show your support for our Armed Forces and Commonwealth partners. See you there. This event is proudly organized by SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. Hosted by “West Side Bid” (BID)