The epic plight of armed forces personnel in the Great War will be remembered at this year’s Armed Forces Day later this month.
Armed Forces Day 2014 in association with Forces Recruitment Services (FRS) will be held at the prestigious Himley Hall and Park on Sunday June 29 to celebrate the work of servicemen and women.
As 2014 marks the centenary of the start of World War One, there will be a number of special themed activities to honour those that fought in the war.
There will be an exhibition of WWI memorabilia in the main hall’s brown room. This will include real uniforms and weapons that were worn and used in the war.
Visitors will be able to get a feel for what soldiers would have endured on the front line in a replica trench which is being created in the park with the help of cadets from Dudley Army Cadet Force.
Finally, during the afternoon’s formal proceedings there will be a re-enactment of soldiers going off to war before the event draws to a close with the spectacular Beating of the Retreat.
The Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Margaret Aston, said:
“We’ll never really know the extent of what our armed forces personnel had to endure during the First World War but it is important we all remember how hard they fought for their country’s freedom, not only for their own, but future generations too. It is only right that we pay special tribute to all those who served and fell in the war and share the memories with today’s generation at our Armed Forces event so they are never forgotten.”
Other highlights on the day include a RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight spitfire flypast, it will fly over the hall at approximately 2pm, weather permitting.
The event will run from 11am and will include children’s entertainment including a zip wire, go karts, climbing wall and trampolines.
There will also be a display of historic vehicles for people get up close to and explore. The popular youth marching band will be return in the event’s main arena in front of the hall and people will be able to meet members of B Squadron, The Royal Yeomanry (Dudley Reserve Unit).
The day’s formal celebrations will begin at 2.30pm and will include performances by the Staffordshire Military Wives Choir and the D Day Darlings, a HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge presentation to veterans living in the borough, a concert by the Band of the West Midlands Fire Service.
This year’s event is sponsored by Forces Recruitment Services and Sanders and Co Solicitors.
Notes to editors
FRS is a national recruitment firm which has helped more than 2,000 ex-servicemen and women get back into employment since its launch in 2001. The West Midlands office is sponsoring this year’s event.