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GALLERY: Remembrance Day marked with services in Black Country and Staffordshire

By James Vukmirovic | Walsall | Latest photos | Published:

Services have taken place across the West Midlands to mark Armistice Day.

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marked the end of the First World War and has been remembered every year with services across the world for those who fell in both World Wars and other conflicts.

The observing of this historic date has continued with Remembrance Day services taking place in the Black Country and Staffordshire.

A special service also took place at Walsall College, which saw students and other members of the Uniform Public Services in attendance with students and members of the public, speeches made by students and staff and over 40,000 biodegradable poppies fall from the ceiling during the two minute silence.

WATCH: Boris Johnson at Wolverhampton service

Boris Johnson attends Remembrance Day service in Wolverhampton

Major Adam Comery helped to put the event together and spoke about what his involvement in the service means.

He said: "I don't think I can put into words what this event means to me.

"I have served on operations and I have lost friends, so for me to do this on their behalf, for them, so that I can remember them alongside everyone else, I think that's the reason I do it and what drives me every year."

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The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire held an outdoor Service of Remembrance on the Armed Forces Memorial.

The service was led by His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent and was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, representatives from the Armed Forces and The Royal British Legion, and many hundreds of members of the public, with music during the service provided by The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas and the Lichfield Cathedral Chamber Choir.

Philippa Rawlinson, Managing Director, National Memorial Arboretum, said: “As the UK’s year-round Centre for Remembrance, today is an especially significant moment in our annual calendar of events.

"It is essential that we continue to observe this important day and preserve the memory of those who have fallen whilst serving our Nation.”

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In Wolverhampton, Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid a wreath and spoke to a veteran during a service at the cenotaph in St Peter's Square, Wolverhampton to mark Remembrance Day, while in Dudley, veterans joined council staff, councillors and members of the public at the Clock Tower in Priory Street for the annual Armistice Day to mark the end of the First World War service.

Both ceremonies saw wreaths laid and a two-minute silence observed.

RAF Cosford held a Service of Remembrance in Hanger one at the museum, paying respect to those service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during their tours of duty.

The service was led by the Station Chaplain at RAF Cosford and featured the Cosford Military Wives Choir.

James Vukmirovic

By James Vukmirovic
Community Reporter - @jamesvukmirovic

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, helping under-represented communities to find a voice in Wolverhampton. Contact me at james.vukmirovic@expressandstar.co.uk.

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