NATION PAYS TRIBUTE
significant tribute, and I am privileged to be able to do so on behalf of the people of Scotland.”
In London, Prince Charles will lay a wreath on behalf of the Queen at the Cenotaph in Whitehall as his mother watches from the balcony of the Foreign Office. A procession of 10,000 people will then pass the Cenotaph to pay their respects.
Last night, the Queen was joined by other senior Royals and Prime Minister Theresa May at the annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London where Sir Tom Jones and actress Sheridan Smith were among those performing. Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Irwin, national president of the Royal British Legion Scotland, expects this year’s commemorations – including events in Stirling, Aberdeen, Dundee and across the Highlands – to be particularly moving. He will attend both main events in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
“It is a curious coincidence that the 100th anniversary falls directly on a Remembrance Sunday,” he said. “This will add a special flavour to a special day.
“I am looking forward to the sentiment that is going to come into my spirit throughout the day and I’m sure this will be similarly felt by very many people across Scotland.
“I am expecting to be very moved.”
Legion Scotland’s national chaplain, the Reverend Dr Karen Campbell, will jointly conduct the Armistice 100 Service at Edinburgh Castle at lunchtime.
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“But I think it is important we do not just remember the sacrifices made by those in the First War but also to give thanks for the sacrifices made by people in every conflict we have been involved in since.
RBLACKSTOCK@SUNDAYPOST.COM “We also have to remember that we have it within our gift to promote peace instead of war.”
In Aberdeen, officials will join serving forces, reserves, veterans and cadets to pay respect in the city. Representatives of the Armed Forces and ex-service organisations will muster in Little Belmont Street from 10am before parading to the war memorial led by the Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band.
In Dundee, Remembrance Day will begin at 6am at St Paul’s Cathedral when a piper will play Battle’s Over at the moment when the armistice was signed a century ago. And a 11am, a two-minute silence will be held at the Garden of Remembrance at St Mary’s Church in Nethergate. Lord Provost of Dundee, Ian Borthwick, said: “There is a series of events on to allow people the opportunity to pay their respects on this poignant day.”
More than 150 Scottish landmarks will also be glowing red today.
Buildings large and small, from the globally iconic to the locally loved, will “Light Up Red” for Poppyscotland in a collective display of thanks to the generation that gave so much.
Twenty churches, 10 castles, seven war memorials, six clocks, five universities, four cathedrals, three lighthouses, two theatres and a phone box are among the venues involved. People are being encouraged to take pictures of landmarks lit up in red and then share them on social media. Gordon Michie, head of fundraising at Poppyscotland, said: “We wanted to broaden the reach of our Light Up Red campaign in this momentous year as a tribute to those who sacrificed so much during the
A colourised photo of Seaforth Highlanders troops with a dog in trenches near La Gorgue, northern France, in 1915