MORE than 800 people gathered in Birmingham city centre to honour those who died fighting for their country.
The annual Remembrance Sunday Parade took place in Centenary Square, and saw serving soldiers and war veterans stand side by side to pay their respects to their former colleagues and countrymen.
The ceremony began with the Salvation Army Band playing to the gathering crowd.
Afterwards the uniformed contingents marched into the square where they waited for The Heavy Cavalry, The West Midlands Fire Service Pipe Band, Standards and Associations to make their entrance.
They were followed by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Coun John Lines, and the Rev Victor Van Den Bergh who led the poignant service, in which prayers were said to remember the fallen.
At 11am, a volley of rifle fire, from soldiers of 37 Signal Regiment, marked the two minutes silence held every year on November 11.
Amongst the veterans attending the event was Eric King, aged 87, of Warley, near Oldbury.
For Mr King, the memories of fighting on the frontline during the Second World War are still fresh in his mind.
The brave grandad, who served with the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, attends the service every year with his wife Betty who was in the Land Army, and his family.
"I come here every year as a mark of respect, he told the Birmingham Mail. And to remember those we have lost.
"I served on the frontline after I was called up in January 1944. I went across to Normandy, 23 days after the D Day landings. For me the memories of serving my country are very fresh in my mind. I carried a machine gun and it was a very frightening time.
"Over the years I have travelled back to some of those places and whilst there I found the grave for my captain."