How you can observe Remembrance Day in Birmingham
Remembrance Day is less than a week away, and there is so much more you can do to show your respect for those who have fought and died in war than simply change your Facebook profile picture template.
This year's Remembrance Day is unique as it marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, in which 250,000 boys under the age of 19 fought (half of whom were either injured, taken prisoner or killed).
Here are just a few ways you can show your gratitude for those who have sacrificed all for our safety, including some events exclusive to Birmingham.
1) Buy a poppy
Today is #Birmingham Poppy Day so keep your eyes peeled for Poppy Sellers across the city raising vital funds. ? You may even be lucky enough to see a military band or other entertainment so join in the fun & help us make this the most successful #PoppyAppeal yet! pic.twitter.com/NkiNtckonv
— Royal British Legion (@PoppyLegion) November 6, 2018
This one is obvious, but while buying and wearing a poppy may seem to only be a small gesture, it is, in fact, a powerful way of saying 'Thank You' to those who served in the First World War (as the Royal British Legion intends it to be; read more here!). This is especially the case if all wear poppies in unison, so don't miss out on getting your own.
On top of this, the Legion uses the money raised by poppy sales to help support veterans and their families who are in troubled situations.
You should be able to find poppies on sale in most high streets shops.
2) Be a part of Birmingham's Remembrance Parade:
From 10:30 in the morning, a parade made up of detachments from ex-Service, Regular, Reserve, Cadet units and more will march through Birmingham.
The march will be held on Colmore Row near Cathedral Square and will be an excellent opportunity to remember, alongside thousands of others, those who have sacrificed their lives in war.
More details of the march can be found here.
3) Visit the Library of Birmingham's exhibition:
There are a number of exciting #WW1 related events happening in #Birmingham in the lead up to the 100th anniversary of the Armistice on 11th Nov! Find out more here #BhamRemembers: https://t.co/2s89pn6GlT pic.twitter.com/a08O1U1iHf
— Birmingham Archives (@TheIronRoom) October 26, 2018
The Library of Birmingham is holding an exhibition called 'Voices of the First World War' from now until early January to mark 100 years since the end of the war.
Located in the Gallery on Level three, the free exhibition uses film, poetry and images to detail previously unknown stories from the First World War. As such, this is a fantastic way to not only remember those far braver than us but also to learn more about our past.
4) Attend a remembrance concert
What better way to observe Remembrance Day than honouring, in a hall of over 2,000, all those who have fought, with poetry, art and music.
Birmingham Symphony Hall is holding such an event at 2:30 on Sunday afternoon. The concert will end with a performance of Mozart's Requiem; a beautifully solemn, reflective and—at times—dramatic work which is fit for the aiding of remembrance and respect.
At my last check, only around 20 seats are still available for purchase (for £5), so don't waste any time.
You may also see me there—what joy!
Click here for more information on the concert and to buy a ticket.