Ser­vices and bea­cons to hon­our the sac­ri­fice

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - Sharon Lip­trott

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

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