Supporting Armed Forces Day

Yesterday was the first Armed Forces Day and Birmingham staged a whole day of events to mark the occasion. The day began with a ceremony to add to the Book of Remembrance at the Hall of Memory, the names of the three Birmingham people who have died on active service during the past year.

In the afternoon, I visited the Field Hospital which was set up in Centenary Square (pictured). As part of the living history displays they had on show uniforms and the medical equipment used in the First World War including the wicker basket in which they carried the equipment in those days.

Next to that were the rucksacks of medical equipment which are being used today. There was also a dummy on display which the medical personnel can practise their techniques on before they face the real thing.

Alongside the Field Hospital there were stands for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Cadets amongst others. The day finished with a Veterans Parade for all those who have served, or who are currently serving with our armed forces. We salute you all.

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