People from across Wolverhampton will be showing their support for the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces this weekend.

The annual Armed Forces Day commemorations take place tomorrow (Saturday 28 June, 2014), giving the country an opportunity to pay tribute to serving troops, veterans, cadets and their families.

In Wolverhampton, there will be a parade through the city centre of regular, reserve, veteran and cadet forces led by the Pipe Band of the West Midlands Fire Service.

The parade will march from Wulfruna Street at 12.40pm and make its way to St Peter's Square where an outdoor drumhead service - the traditional form for a religious service attended by troops in the field - will take place.

The parade will follow a route from Wulfruna Street to Princes Square, Lichfield Street, Queen Square and Exchange Street to St Peter's Square. As a result, Wulfruna Street will be closed to all traffic from 12pm tomorrow, and there will be minor alterations to bus services along the parade route. Wulfruna Street will reopen at approximately 12.55pm.

Earlier this week, the Mayor of Wolverhampton joined civic dignitaries and military representatives past, present and future to raise the Armed Forces Day flag outside the Civic Centre.

Attending tomorrow's parade is just one way in which the local community can show their support for the Armed Forces.

Wolverhampton has signed up to the Armed Forces Community Covenant, which aims to make organisations across the city work together to make it easier for members of the Armed Forces community to integrate into civilian life.

The city council has launched dedicated pages on its website offering information for members of the Armed Forces community and about how local organisations can bid for funding to stage special events or projects which support the Armed Forces in some way. To find out more, please visit Type=articles;Articleid=4568;Title=Help for the Armed Forces community;.

For more information, about the Armed Forces Day commemorations, please contact the Mayor's Office on 01902 554090.

  • released: Friday 27 June, 2014