The Armed Forces Day commemorations began in Wolverhampton today (Monday 24 June, 2013) as a special flag was raised on the Piazza outside the Civic Centre.

The Mayor, Councillor Milkinder Jaspal, joined civic dignitaries and military representatives past, present and future as they raised aloft the Armed Forces Day Flag during a short ceremony this morning.

People from across Wolverhampton will be showing their support for the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces on Armed Forces Day this Saturday (29 June, 2013)

Mayor Councillor Jaspal said: "Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to celebrate the dedication of the men and women of our Armed Forces and pay tribute to the sacrifices made by them on behalf of all the citizens of our country.

"We're expecting an excellent turnout on Saturday to what is a very important event giving people an opportunity to say thank you to the nation's serving troops, veterans, cadets and their families."

During Saturday's commemorations 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 12.30pm 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 to around 12.45pm on Saturday and there will be minor alterations to bus services along the parade route.

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

  • released: Monday 24 June, 2013