The monument which was constructed almost entirely by Birmingham craftsmen was built to commemorate the 12,320 Brummie citizens who died and the 35,000 who were wounded in the First World War.
The ceremony to commemorate the opening began this morning (12th September) with a procession of military standard-bearers led by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Yvonne Mosquito along Centenary Way towards the Hall of Memory.
Made with Portland Stone, the beautifully crafted structure stands as a memorial to the men and women of Birmingham who gave their lives in the First World War, Second World War and in active service since 1945.
The Books of Remembrance on display in the Hall of Memory can also be found on www.hallofmemory.co.uk where you are able to search the books and also download and print individual pages from the books.
On the 12th June 1923, The Prince of Wales laid the foundation stone. He said that the building would stand to “symbolise to generations to come that Birmingham stood for, during a period of great national crisis – work of every kind unflinchingly given, compassion to the sick and wounded, courage and resource in adversity, and, above all, self-sacrifice in the face of death.”
For more information about the Hall of Memory and upcoming events please see here.