Plans are taking shape in Sandwell to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, which was also known as the Great War.
We're planting poppies at locations across the six towns and holding a series of events, exhibitions and activities to remember the sacrifices made by people from the Sandwell area and all over the world.
A wide range of the events have already been held over the past four years to mark the centenary of the war.
Dates for your diary
- Late August / early September - Send in a selfie or attend one of our photography events to be part of a mosaic image of a poppy featuring Sandwell people remembering the fallen and showing their gratitude for those who paid the ultimate price.
- Sunday 30 September – Royal Warwickshire Regiment Great War Re-enactment Group at Haden Hill House, Cradley Heath, 12-4pm, entry free. Learn about uniforms, kit, weapons and what is was like to service, see demonstrations and drills and enjoy live music.
- Saturday 10 November – A special Festival of Remembrance
- Sunday 11 November – Remembrance services, parades and events across Sandwell’s six towns with armed forces and veterans’ organisations
Further details about these events will be available soon.
Sandwell will also be taking part in a national beacon-lighting chain on Sunday 11 November.
Museums, libraries and archives
Museums, libraries and archives staff are planning a poppy-related poster project called Sandwell Remembers as well as exhibitions, displays, coffee mornings and creative sessions with schools.
A knitting group and visitors to Oak House Museum are knitting commemorative poppies to decorate the oak tree in the old barn ready for the 100th anniversary of the armistice.
There will also be war-themed film showings at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery on Saturdays in November at the Saturday Centenary Cinema Club.
Go to our museums webpage for more information about activities at Sandwell museums.
Lions of the Great War statue
Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick is working with Black Country sculptor Luke Perry to create the Lions of the Great War statue in Smethwick High Street in time for the centenary.
The statue, set to be sited between High Street and Tollhouse Way, will honour the sacrifices made by South Asian service personnel of all faiths from the Indian subcontinent who fought for Britain in the two world wars and subsequent conflicts.
Every One Remembered
Remember a family member, someone from your area or any of any of the fallen still to be remembered - create a lasting legacy at the Royal British Legion's Every One Remembered website.
The Legion is working with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to keep alive the memory of those who died in the First World War. By the end of the centenary this year, the aim is to ensure every fallen hero from across the Commonwealth is remembered individually by those living today.