Drum organizes war commemoration service

Caribbean servicemen to be honoured.

To commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the First World War and as precursor to their Black History Month programme of events in October, The Drum are hosting a Remembrance Day Service in partnership with Recognize and the Why Are West Indians Project (WAWI).

The service, at Holy Trinity Church Trinity Road, Birmingham takes place at 11pm on Sun day 17th August. Led by Rev Canon Pitts it will pay tribute to servicemen and marks the role played by women from across the Caribbean, who fought, were wounded and lost their lives during World War One.

Presentations will be led by H Barnes of WAWI, which is a voluntary organisation run by the people for the people, whose main purpose is to bring communities together by promoting Caribbean Military contribution within the British Armed Forces, as well as, highlighting the integral role the Caribbean community played in the rebuilding of post war Britain. Both have had a positive influence on British heritage, culture and society which sadly has neither been acknowledged nor taught within schools. Garry Stewart will speak on behalf of Recognize an organisation concerned with charting the historical, cultural, social and economic contributions of black people, by hosting discussions, exhibitions and other events.

The service will also include an exhibition featuring pictures, letters and poems from 1914–1918, which will be on display. There will also be a candle lighting ceremony to remember those who fell, were wounded or missing in action during the war.

This special event commemorates the sacrifice made by servicemen and women and their countries, particularly the Caribbean islands, whose contributions during World War One have yet to be fully recognised. Veterans and current serving members from the Army, Navy and the Royal Air Force will be in attendance.