Services and beacons to honour the sacrifice
Towns and villages across the region will fall silent for two minutes on Sunday to pay tribute to the region’s war dead.
They will join the rest of the nation in marking the centenary of the end of the First World War which came with the signing of the Armistice.
Remembrance Sunday services will be held at war memorials in honour of those who lost their lives in two world wars and many conflicts since.
With wreath-laying, acts of remembrance and the sounding the Last Post, it will be an opportunity for all ages to gather at 11am to pay tribute to those who gave their lives for their country so we can enjoy the freedoms we enjoy today.
It will also be a poignant time for those with relatives serving in the forces today.
Morning parades and services will be at St John’s Church and Maxwelltown in Dumfries, Moffat, Annan, Lockerbie, Lochmaben, Gretna, Closeburn, Sanquhar, Kirkpatrick-Juxta, Mennock, Ecclefechan, Thornhill, Langholm and Kirkbean.
In addition Annan, Gretna, Glencaple, Caerlaverock and Penpont are taking part in Battle’s Over – an international commemoration marking the centenary with beacons being lit in the evening to signifythe light of peace.
The Royal Burgh of Annan Community Council and RBLS Annan are asking people to gather at the Tesco car park at 6.15pm on Sunday for a parade to Watchhall Field for the Last Post to be sounded at 6.55pm before the beacon will be lit by 94-year-old John Thomson – the oldest
ex-serviceman in Annan.
At 7.05pm, bells will be rung on the field and at three of the churches in Annan – at the same time as those in more than 1,000 church and cathedrals across the UK.
After the National Anthem, there will be refreshments in the Ex Service Club.
Joyce Wylie, of the community council, said: “We are proud to be playing a part in this historic international event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War and to recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by the men and women from our own community.”
The community council has also commissioned and had a commemorative bench sited next to the war memorial in the town.
In Gretna Green, a piper will play Battle’s O’er – a traditional Scottish air – at 6am at the memorial on Sunday, followed at 11am with children lighting candles to signify the lights going on again.
They will also have the Last Post played, bell-ringing and the lighting of a beacon from 6.55pm to 7.15pm.
The community at Penpont is also planning the lighting of a beacon at 7pm on Sunday.
In Dumfries there will be open bellringing at St John’s Episcopalian Church to commemorate the Armistice between 12.30pm and 1.30 pm on Sunday.
St Mary’s Greyfriars’ Church in Dumfries will hold a Remembrance Service at 11.30am on Sunday and St Michael’s and South Parish Church, Dumfries, will have a Ringing Out For Peace special service for Armistice Day at 6pm in addition to its 10.45am service.
Moffat Town Hall will have a Book of Remembrance on display and tea and coffee for the public from 10am before a 10.45am parade to the memorial for the 11am wreath-laying on Sunday hosted by the local branch of RBLS. There will also be a service afterwards in St Andrew’s Church.
Drumlanrig Castle will be lit red over the weekend as part of the nation’s commemoration.
The names of those who died serving Scotland in the First World War will be projected on to the Scottish Parliament on Sunday.
The Royal British Legion Scotland said: “We want to encourage everyone to thank those who fought; those who returned; and those who worked to rebuild the country and achieved incredible advancements in many areas including medicine, the arts and everyday life.”
Proud Joyce Wylie and Alan Weild of Annan Community Council
Respect Drumlanrig Castle will be lit red as part of the centenary commemoration events to mark the end of the First World War at the weekend