A Midland Remembrance parade could be scrapped – denying old soldiers the chance to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.
The annual march in Shirley dates back to 1938.
But now organisers are battling a cash crisis which means next month’s parade, on November 10, could be the last.
Ernie Riley, chairman of the Shirley branch of the Royal British Legion, said he would be devastated if finances meant next year’s landmark anniversary could not be properly observed.
“The event is very well supported by the Scouts, Cadets and pipers, and next year is going to be a very important one,” he said.
“It would be a terrible if, after so many years running this procession, we were forced to stop because of the money.”
Mr Riley said the cost of closing the busy Stratford Road for the parade went up every year and more people were needed to marshall traffic as the duty was no longer performed by West Midlands Police.
Last year, the Legion had to raise around £1,300 to pay for the event and the overall cost is expected to be even higher this time.
Mr Riley urged businesses and the Shirley community to get behind the event and ensure its survival.
Solihull MP Lorely Burt said: “It would be a terrible tragedy if the parade was unable to go ahead next year.
“The Shirley event is incredibly successful and it’s a heart warming sight to watch the youngsters and the old servicemen joining together.
“I would hope that, with a bit of goodwill from all parties, something could be done to ensure this act of remembrance continues.”
A raft of events are planned to mark the centenary of the start of the Great War.
Birmingham City Council has appointed Coun Anita Ward, the mother of an Irish Guardsman, its veterans’ champion for 2014 as part of plans to deliver a programme of community events.