Next weekend hundreds of Bloxwich, Blakenall Heath and Leamore residents are expected to gather in Bloxwich for the village’s traditional Remembrance Sunday parade and open-air service on 11 November.
Remembrance Sunday is traditionally marked on the second Sunday in November, which is usually the Sunday nearest to 11 November. Special services are held at war memorials and churches all over Britain.
Unusually, Remembrance Sunday this year falls on the same day as Armistice Day (also known as Remembrance Day) which traditionally commemorates the end of the Great War of 1914-1918 on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month each year.
BLAKENALL HEATH PEACE TREE
It will be preceded on Friday 9 November by a special event at the Great War Peace Tree in Blakenall Heath when a metal plate outlining the tree’s history will be attached to a new memorial stone next to the tree on The Green at 10.30am.
Remembrance Sunday brings our community together for the poignant annual observation of the nation’s traditional act of remembrance and to honour fallen UK servicemen and women of all wars and conflicts, especially the Great War and the Second World War.
Veterans and services cadets will be joined in a march along High Street from the Bull’s Head to the War Memorial by members of local organisations and especially youth groups including the Scouts, Cubs, Brownies and Guides. Other local groups usually represented include the Royal British Legion, Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix, Bloxwich Fire Station, Bloxwich Police and more.
Last year hundreds of local people lined High Street to mark the occasion and joined in the two minutes silence and the service of remembrance at the War Memorial on the corner of High Street and Elmore Green Road where local clergy came together to read the Roll of Honour and to lead those assembled in prayer for the fallen and wounded and for future peace.
The itinerary for Remembrance Sunday in Bloxwich is as follows:
Those involved in the parade will meet at 10am at the Bull’s Head in Park Road.
The parade will commence at 10.20am sharp from the Bull’s Head to the War Memorial at All Saints Church where there will be a short service of remembrance with a two minute silence being held at 11am precisely.
The parade will return to the Bulls Head for dismissal at approx 11.30-11.45am.
Other services and events will also be held in other parts of the borough and at Walsall Cenotaph.
The Bloxwich Telegraph will be covering Remembrance Sunday in Bloxwich as usual, and will also attend the Peace Tree plaque dedication at Blakenall Heath on the preceding Friday.