Dudley borough’s remembrance events will kick-off with a concert this year at Dudley Town Hall on Thursday, 6th November.
It marks the start of a series of events that enable us all to pay our respects and remember the sacrifices that the people in our armed forces made, and continue to make, for us.
We are always humbled by the show of support for these events and look forward to seeing the crowds turn out again in 2014.
This year is perhaps more poignant, as we mark the centenary of World War 1, and special exhibitions and events are being hosted at Dudley venues in commemoration of this anniversary.
Dudley Archives and Local History Centre will host a Great War roadshow on Saturday 8th November from 10am to 4pm. You are invited to take a journey into Dudley borough’s past and explore the lives of local servicemen and women of our area through a series of WW1 commemorative displays, art work from the Arts Factor 2014 Adult Learners Exhibition, fascinating life stories and amazing photographs and memorabilia.
There will also be talks throughout the day, a WW1 helpdesk and ancestry research advice.
Dudley Museum and Art Gallery also launched a WW1 exhibition in August which will be ongoing throughout 2014-15. A dedicated gallery has been decked out in honour of our Dudley ancestors who fought, and died, for kin and country.
The story of the war, and the impact it had on Dudley town and its people, has been painstakingly re-told through a series of displays built by museum staff. These include an impressive replica of a WW1 trench and first aid dressing station that offer visitors an insight into the realities of a soldier’s life.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”