9th November 2021
This November the people of Sandwell – from all faiths, cultures and backgrounds – will once again unite to honour and remember the service and sacrifice of those who defended our freedoms and way of life.
Remembrance events in Sandwell:
Armistice Day, Civic Square, Oldbury
Two-minute silence organised by Oldbury Royal British Legion, at 11am on Thursday, 11 November. Photographs of the event will be shared online after it has taken place.
Two-minute silence at Oldbury War Memorial will be livestreamed on the council’s Facebook account (www.facebook.com/sandwellcouncil) at 11am on Sunday, 14 November.
The Festival of Remembrance
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Festival of Remembrance will be virtual and shared on social media platforms from 1pm on Sunday, 14 November.
Parades in Sandwell
Parades will take place on Sunday, 14 November – organised by the Royal British Legion or local community groups, and supported by the Sandwell Council – at the following locations:
• Oldbury Civic Square, Halesowen Street.
• Rowley Regis, Powke Lane Crematorium.
• Smethwick Council House, High Street.
• Tipton, Victoria Park, Victoria Road.
• Wednesbury War Memorial, Walsall Street.
• West Bromwich, Dartmouth Park, Lloyd Street.
The Worshipful The Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Mushtaq Hussain, said: “Although I am unable to attend the public Remembrance Sunday parades due to a surgical procedure, I – like many others across the country – will be remembering and honouring those who gave their lives for our freedom.”
For more information about Remembrance activities in Sandwell and how to access them, visit www.sandwell.gov.uk/remembrance
Sandwell Council encourages residents to follow the latest COVID-19 guidelines www.gov.uk/coronavirus
The Royal British Legion has suggested a range of COVID-19-safe Remembrance activities, that can be created at home:
• Hold a small Remembrance service in your garden.
• Create a Remembrance space in your garden by planting plants that have a connection to Remembrance.
• Use Zoom, Facebook or another online meeting resource to host an online Remembrance service or activity.
• Set up a community Remembrance forum to discuss different residents’ Remembrance stories.
• Create an online exhibition of Remembrance-related photos from local residents that schools or others could use to discuss local Remembrance activities.
• Open an online book of Remembrance that family, friends and others can sign as a mark of Remembrance.
• Write letters of Remembrance to veterans or serving personnel.