Birmingham councillors and schoolchildren visit to war memorial sites in France and Belgium

YOUNG people from Birmingham paid tribute to the sacrifices made by Commonwealth soldiers in two major wars.

Councillor Mohammed Aikhlaq (Bordesley Green), Councillor Zafar Iqbal MBE (South Yardley) and the group visited graves and war memorials in France and Belgium.

There they laid wreaths on behalf of the people of the city. The group included pupils from Bordesley Green Girls School, Al Hijrah school, members of the Bordesley Green Detached project and residents from the Bordesley Green Forum.

The purpose of the trip, which took place last weekend, was to give young people the chance to learn more about the sacrifices made by soldiers from the Indian sub continent in the First and Second World Wars.

The councillors laid a wreath at the Indian War memorial in France and a wreath was also laid in a moving ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium.

The trip was organised by Captain Muhammad of the British Army and Abdul Ghafar of Birmingham Youth Services.

Original Source: Birmingham Mail

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