Honour­ing the fallen

Veter­ans come out in force

Stirling Observer - - REMEMBRANCE DAY - Kaiya Mar­jorib­anks

Stir­ling’s Remembrance com­mem­o­ra­tion was at­tended by the high­est num­ber of veter­ans for many years.

On a cold but dry day, the cer­e­mony, or­gan­ised by the Stir­ling branch of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion Scot­land, went “very well” both at the ser­vice in the Church of the Holy Rude, led by min­is­ter Alan Miller, and the in­ter­est shown in the pa­rade to the ceno­taph. Veter­ans of a num­ber of con­flicts at­tended.

RBLS Stir­ling branch sec­re­tary John Bell said: “There were the older veter­ans, serv­ing per­son­nel, but also those who were quite young and those who have come out of the army so there was a good age range. There were six stan­dards on pa­rade and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Royal Navy, HMS Forth, as well as 7 Scots, and it was the high­est at­ten­dance by veter­ans for many years. The Scouts were also very well rep­re­sented.”

The Royal Burgh of Stir­ling Pipes and Drums led the pa­rade and the po­lice were as­sisted on the day by the Royal Mil­i­tary Po­lice. The trum­peter on the day was Fraser Har­ris and the lone piper in the church was Sergeant David Bev­er­age, the district gun­ner at Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle.

Mr Bell added: “This is one day a year when veter­ans gather both to re­mem­ber oth­ers and to en­joy each oth­ers’ com­pany. There is a spe­cial bond no mat­ter what age, or what­ever part of the armed forces you are in­volved with or where you have served.”

The branch meets on the last Fri­day of ev­ery month and is al­ways keen to wel­come new mem­bers.

It is also heav­ily com­mit­ted to col­lect­ing for the Poppy Scot­land ap­peal. The ap­peal con­vener is a mem­ber of the branch, as are many of the lo­cal vol­un­teers. All serv­ing and non-serv­ing MoD per­son­nel are wel­come at the meet­ings. For in­for­ma­tion call 01786 609770.

Salute Stand­ing tall to re­mem­ber those who have served, in­clud­ing those of have given their lives over many con­flicts

Honour­ing Provost Chris­tine Simp­son lays a wreath on be­half of Stir­ling Coun­cil and the peo­ple of the area

Re­spect Stephen Kerr lays his first Remembrance Day wreath in his role as Stir­ling’s MP

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