The Day of National Remembrance Service 2018 to commemorate the end of the World War One will be held on Colmore Row.

Work to rebuild Centenary Square began in the spring of 2017 and was originally expected to have been finished by now.

But in September, Birmingham City Council said it would not be finished until the ‘summer of 2019’.

Although Victoria Square was used last year for the service and parades, the major corner of the site close to the statue of Queen Victoria has been dug up to facilitate the building of the Midland Metro Tram extension from the top of Stephenson Street to Five Ways.

Colmore Row will be closed on Sunday, November 11
Colmore Row will be closed on Sunday, November 11

For the 2018 service, a temporary grandstand will be erected on Colmore Row for veterans and VIPs.

The parade will include ex-service personnel, regular, reserve and cadet units from the Armed Forces who, with representatives of other local uniformed organisations, will march on from Temple Row from 10.30am.

Local businesses will be open as normal, including the award-winning Old Joint Stock pub (9am) on Temple Row West where full Sunday lunches will be served with 25 per cent food discounts available for veterans.

Buses will be rerouted away from Colmore Row which will be closed to traffic from 6am to 2.30pm on Sunday, November 11.

Network West Midlands has launched a Commemorative Swift PAYG card, with £10 PAYG credit & £1 donation to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The Remembrance Service is last thought to have been held in Colmore Row in November, 1990 - prior to Centenary Square opening on June 9, 1991.

City primary school recreates Tower of London's Weeping Window poppy display for Remembrance weekend

Laying a wreath
Laying a wreath

When will the Day of National Remembrance be held in Birmingham?

The main events will take place from 10.15am on Sunday, November 11, 2018 – the 100th anniversary of the end of the World War One

A wreath illuminated by bright sunshine
A wreath illuminated by bright sunshine

The full programme

10.15am – The Salvation Army Band commence to play on Colmore Row.

The Birmingham City Council Choir perform.

10.30am – Uniformed contingents march on.

10.40am – Standards and Associations march on.

Marching along New Street
Veterans marching along New Street in 2017

10.50am – The Lord Mayor’s party will proceed from the Council House in the following order:

Mace

Lord Mayor and Consort – Cllr Yvonne Mosquito and Winston Mosquito

Chaplain – Rev Mgr Canon Robert Corrigan CF (RC)

Heads of Service – Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force

Arriving at the dais, The Lord Mayor’s party will take up position, facing the Parade.

Flags on the Cenotaph
Flags on the temporary Cenotaph in Victoria Square during the Day of National Remembrance Service on November 12, 2017

The Service of Remembrance – conducted by the Chaplain

Introduction

Act of Remembrance

The Chaplain will say:

Let us remember before God, and commend to his sure keeping:

Those who have died for their country in war;

Those whom we knew, and whose memory we treasure

And all those who lived and died in the service of humanity.

The Salvation Army Band
The Salvation Army Band

Act of Commemoration

The Lord Mayor will say:

“They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.”

All will respond: “We will remember them.”

VE Day celebrations in Birmingham
A bugler playing The Last Post during the VE Day celebrations in Birmingham in 2015

Bugler - The Last Post

11am - Volley of rifle fire by soldiers from 37 Signal Regiment.

All VIPs, and Officers Commanding Detachments to salute at commencement of The Last Post until the last note, then remain standing to attention.

Two minute silence

11.02am - Volley of rifle fire by soldiers from 37 Signal Regiment.

(No-one to salute)

Bugler

Reveille

Prayers for The Fallen in Victoria Square
Prayers for The Fallen in Victoria Square

The Kohima Epitaph

When you go home tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today.

The Lord Mayor will then lay a wreath on behalf of the City at the foot of the Cenotaph.

Deep in thought
Deep in thought

Heads of Service will lay their wreaths

Rear Admiral Keith Beckett – Royal Nayv

Brigadier RJ Carter – Army

Group Captain Tone Baker, Royal Airforce

Other organisations will lay wreaths under the instruction of the RSM, as announced.

Hymn - O God Our Help in Ages Past

The Military Band will play over the first two lines of the hymn.

Prayers for The Fallen in Victoria Square
Prayers for The Fallen in Victoria Square

Act of Commitment – the Chaplain will say:

Let us pledge ourselves anew to the service of God and our fellow men;

that we may help, encourage and comfort others and support those working for

the relief of the needy and for the peace and welfare of the nations.

We say together:

Lord God our Father we pledge ourselves...

The National Anthem

(VIPs, Parade Commander, Officers Commanding Detachments and all ranks not with Detachments to salute)

Like sunshine after the rain - Leonora Jeffreys, 97
Like sunshine after the rain - Leonora Jeffreys, 97, at the 2017 Day of National Remembrance Service

Chaplain – The Blessing

The Band will move into position ready to lead the Ex-Service Associations, Service and Civil contingents from Colmore Row.

The Parade will proceed along Colmore Row, and do a complete circuit of Cathedral Square and will disperse in Eden Place.

The Parade will do a complete circuit of Cathedral Square, taking in autumn views like this one on Temple Row West
The 2018 Parade will do a complete circuit of Cathedral Square, taking in autumn views like this one on Temple Row West

Opportunity for members of the public to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph.

Parade Commander: Lieutenant Colonel R Lovett, Royal Signals.

Parade Sergeant Major: WO1 (SVWO) Gurung

Colmore Row will reopen to traffic at 2.30pm.