Birmingham will fall silent to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on Remembrance Sunday as memorial events take place across the city and in Solihull and Sandwell.
Remembrance Sunday falls on the second weekend of November - the closest to 11 November, which means this year’s memorial takes place on Sunday 13 November. The event is is an opportunity to remember the service and sacrifice of all those that have “defended our freedoms and protected our way of life,” according to the Royal British Legion.
The Armed Forces - and their families, from Britain and the Commonwealth - along with the vital role played by the emergency services and those that have lost their lives as a result of conflict or terrorism - are all commemorated. Here is a guide to the events taking place this year and why Remembrance Sunday is being commemorated.
How is Birmingham marking Remembrance Sunday?
Birmingham’s annual Remembrance Day Service will take place on Colmore Row, opposite St Philip’s Cathedral, on Sunday 13 November 2022, attended by military veterans and Armed Forces representatives.
The city centre commemorations will begin at 10.15 where the Salvation Army band will play on Colmore Row and the Birmingham City Council Choir will also perform.
The Civic Party will proceed from the Council House, and the parade will continue along Colmore Row, and do a complete circuit of Cathedral Square and then disperse in Eden Place.
At 11am there will be a two-minute silence, with the start and finish marked by rifle fire by soldiers from 37 Signal Regiment.
Wreaths will be laid at the Cenotaph by representatives from Armed Forces, veterans organisations, faith and community groups. The event will end with a march past at 11.40am.
There will also be an opportunity for members of the public to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph.
Where else in Birmingham is Remembrance Sunday being commemorated?
Communities across Birmingham will be coming together to remember those who have died in war.
A 10am service Act of Remembrance service will also be held at Bournville War Memorial.
A Remebrance Day service will also be held at the Holy Trinity Parish Church in Sutton Coldfield. The service will start at 9:30am to allow people time to get to the War Memorial for the 11:00am two min silence.
Services will also be held at St Mary’s church in Moseley and St Anne’s in Moseley. Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market will also only be open from 1pm to 9pm on Rememberance Sunday.
Solihull and Sandwell
Services will also be held across Sandwell and Solihull, including at St Alphege church in Solihull.
There are various Remembrance services taking place in the Solihull borough in the following areas:
• Bickenhill and Marston Green
• Castle Bromwich
• Dickens Heath
• Hockley Heath
There will be seven parades in total on Remembrance Sunday across Sandwell’s six towns, organised by the Royal British Legion and community groups, with support from Sandwell Council.
Parades will be followed by services, with the two-minute silence by war memorials at 11am.
There will also be a two-minute silence on Armistice Day (Friday 11 November).
Services with parades will take place on Sunday 13 November 2022 at the following locations:
- Great Barr: St Margaret’s Church, Chapel Lane
- Oldbury: Oldbury Civic Square, Halesowen Street/Church Street
- Rowley Regis: Rowley Regis Crematorium, Powke Lane
- Smethwick: Smethwick Council House, High Street
- Tipton: Victoria Park, Victoria Road
- Wednesbury: Memorial Gardens, Walsall Street
- West Bromwich: Dartmouth Park, Lloyd Street