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The city of Birmingham is set to offer The Royal Marines the ‘Freedom of the City’, in honour of their bravery and their strong ties with the city.
The Royal Marines reserve have had a Birmingham detachment for 60 years and are currently based at HMS Forward. The Royal Marines will be the 16th armed forces to receive this honour.
“This is a long time overdue and something they richly deserve.
We have long-term links with the marines, including brave Brummies who have been awarded the Victoria and George Crosses. It’s something we can all be very proud of.”
– COUNCILLOR MIKE SHARPE, CITY ARMED FORCES AMBASSADOR
Several marines from Birmingham who have gone on to be awarded major honours for their bravery: