Memorial gar­den a place to re­flect

Spe­cial Ar­mistice Day ser­vice or­gan­ised

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Marc McLean

A wartime memorial gar­den that opened in Cam­bus­lang two months ago will host a spe­cial ser­vice as part of the Ar­mistice Day cel­e­bra­tions.

Cam­bus­lang re­mem­brance gar­den of­fi­cially opened on Au­gust 23 after years of plan­ning, and in per­fect tim­ing for the cen­te­nary of WWI end­ing.

Mem­bers of the re­mem­brance gar­den com­mit­tee have or­gan­ised a cer­e­mony for next Fri­day, Novem­ber 9 – two days ahead of Ar­mistice Day – so that pupils from ev­ery school in the area can at­tend.

The gar­den is based at the Toll Pitch Pavil­ion and fea­tures three com­mem­o­ra­tive plaques in trib­ute to war heroes.

Heather Du­cie, of Cam­bus­lang re­mem­brance gar­den com­mit­tee, said: “It was our hope to open the gar­den in time for the cen­te­nary so we’re re­ally pleased we can hold the ser­vice on Novem­ber 9.

“Teach­ers and pupils from all nine pri­mary schools in Cam­bus­lang will be at­tend­ing, as will lo­cal politi­cians and other guests.

“Piper Tom McArthur, from Cam­bus­lang, will also be play­ing.”

The gar­den and its three com­mem­o­ra­tive plaques were of­fi­cially un­veiled by La­nark­shire Lord Lieu­tenant Su­san Haughey.

The main plaque reads: “The peo­ple of Cam­bus­lang ded­i­cate this gar­den in hon­our of the sac­ri­fices made by those who served in World War I, World War II, and in all later con­flicts.

“The moon will rise, the sun will set, we will never for­get.”

At ei­ther side of the main plaque are trib­utes to the town’s two Vic­to­ria Cross re­cip­i­ents, John Brown Hamil­ton and Pri­vate Hugh McIver.

Rel­a­tives of the VC heroes also made a guest ap­pear­ance at the open­ing of the gar­den.

A re­mem­brance ser­vice will be held at Ruther­glen Ceno­taph, lo­cated on the western end of Main Street, at 12.30pm on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11.

Mean­while, a short wreath­lay­ing cer­e­mony will also be held at the town’s “other” Ceno­taph at the Mill Street en­trance to Ruther­glen Cemetery at 2pm on Fri­day, Novem­ber 9.

There will also be two guided tours of the nu­mer­ous war graves in the cemetery, the first at 11am and the sec­ond fol­low­ing the wreath-lay­ing at about 2.15pm.

Ruther­glen South coun­cil­lor Robert Brown said: “In this cen­te­nary year of the Ar­mistice, we are look­ing for a tremen­dous turnout at the Ceno­taph for the Re­mem­brance wreath­lay­ing cer­e­mony on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11 at 12.30pm which is Ruther­glen’s main com­mem­o­ra­tion of those who suf­fered and died in war.

“How­ever, the coun­cil is also keen to hold ap­pro­pri­ate cer­e­monies at all the 44 ceno­taphs through­out South La­nark­shire, so we have or­gan­ised this smaller event at the ceno­taph in Ruther­glen Cemetery, as­so­ci­ated with two guided tours of the war graves there con­ducted by Jane Bar­ton of Turn­stone Ge­neal­ogy.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing the tour of the war graves should meet at Ruther­glen Cemetery Ceno­taph at 11am or 2pm for sec­ond tour.

His­tory lessonCam­bus­lang Pri­mary pupils, pic­tured at the open­ing of the Re­mem­brance Gar­den, will also be at­tend­ing the WWI ser­vice on Novem­ber 9

Re­mem­bered The memorial plaques at Cam­bus­lang re­mem­brance gar­den

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