This day to re­mem­ber

– Rev­erend Dr Karen Camp­bell, Royal Bri­tish Le­gion Scot­land chap­lain

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - FRONT PAGE - By Russell Black­stock RBLACKSTOCK@SUNDAYPOST.COM

To­day, at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month ex­actly 100 years af­ter the guns fell silent, Bri­tain will re­mem­ber.

In Scot­land, the First Min­is­ter will lead trib­utes to the fallen on the centenary of the end of the First World War. Nicola Stur­geon will lay a wreath at the Stone of Remembrance at Ed­in­burgh City Cham­bers be­fore at­tend­ing a ser­vice at St Giles’ Cathe­dral.

Later, she will at­tend Glas­gow Cathe­dral where more than 1,000 will gather to re­mem­ber those lost in the con­flict, in one of a se­ries of spe­cial ser­vices mark­ing the 100-year an­niver­sary of the Ar­mistice.

The First Min­is­ter said: “Remembrance Sun­day is an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple in Scot­land to join with oth­ers across the world to com­mem­o­rate those who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice in con­flicts dur­ing the last cen­tury.

“It al­lows us a chance to hon­our the mem­ory of those who gave their lives, while also pay­ing tribute to our vet­er­ans and those

who con­tinue to serve to­day. This year, of course, has added poignancy as it marks 100 years since the sign­ing of the Ar­mistice that ended the First World War.

“The lay­ing of a wreath is a small but 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.

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.

She said: “It is a great hon­our.

“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.

“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 First World War and to shine a light on those who con­tinue to

need Pop­pyscot­land’s vi­tal, lifechang­ing sup­port.”

Mil­lions of peo­ple around Bri­tain will fall silent at 11am as the na­tion marks the centenary with a se­ries of large events.

In Lon­don, 10,000 mem­bers of the pub­lic will walk past the Ceno­taph af­ter the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion’s vet­er­ans march to pay tribute to those who served in the con­flict.

Those gath­ered at the Ceno­taph – where wreaths will be laid by the Queen and the Ger­man pres­i­dent Frank-Wal­ter Stein­meier – will be joined by fam­i­lies across the UK, the Com­mon­wealth Europe and Amer­ica in re­mem­ber­ing rel­a­tives who fought and died.

Big Ben will also strike to­day, de­spite the clock tower be­ing cov­ered in scaf­fold­ing for con­ser­va­tion works.

The 13.7 tonne bell, which hangs in the Eliz­a­beth Tower in West­min­ster, will sound 11 times at 11am for the tra­di­tional two min­utes of remembrance, the Govern­ment has said.

It will strike a fur­ther 11 times at 12.30pm along with bells across the UK and world­wide.

Some of to­day’s other main UK events in­clude Beyond the Deep­en­ing Shadow at the Tower of Lon­don, where more than 10,000 flames will be lit by beefeaters.

As is the case every year, more than 120,000 in­di­vid­ual trib­utes are placed across Bri­tain’s na­tional Fields of Remembrance.

Peo­ple at­tach a poppy to a cross with per­sonal mes­sages and pho­to­graphs to re­mem­ber those who lost their lives in ser­vice.

There are six Fields of Remembrance – in Gateshead, Belfast and Cardiff as well as the Na­tional Me­mo­rial Arboretum in Stafford­shire, West­min­ster Abbey in Lon­don and Royal Woot­ton Bas­sett in Wilt­shire. Up to 800,000 ce­ramic pop­pies, which first went on dis­play at the Tower of Lon­don in 2014, are also fin­ish­ing their four-year na­tion­wide tour with an ex­hi­bi­tion at the Im­pe­rial War Mu­se­ums in Lon­don and Manch­ester.

Af­ter dark, a spe­cial light and sound pro­jec­tion will take place at the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment, with the names of all those who died serv­ing on be­half of Scot­land in the Great War to be beamed on to the build­ing. It will take seven hours, from 5pm un­til mid­night, for the names of each of the 134,712 men and women to be shown.

Build­ings and land­marks across the coun­try have also been show­ing their sup­port for the Scot­tish Poppy Ap­peal by light­ing up red in the week run­ning up to, and in­clud­ing, Remembrance Day.

Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive in­terim leader Jack­son Car­law said: “Th­ese are gen­uinely af­fect­ing events which demon­strate the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the na­tion to par­tic­i­pate in this day of remembrance.

“This centenary com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Ar­mistice rep­re­sents a salute from the world of to­day to the world as it was then.”

Scot­tish Lib Dem leader Willie Ren­nie said: “100 years on it’s im­por­tant to take time to re­flect on the sac­ri­fice of both those who fought bravely abroad and the men and women who kept life go­ing on the home front.”

Scot­tish Labour leader Richard Leonard said: “As well as re­mem­ber­ing those who en­dured, suf­fered and lost dur­ing the First World War, the 100th an­niver­sary of the Ar­mistice should also serve as a cat­a­lyst to re­new our col­lec­tive ef­fort to fight for peace, equal­ity and an end to the suf­fer­ings of war that con­tinue to af­flict peo­ple across the globe.”

Mean­while, Ir­ish leader Leo Varad­kar is to at­tend com­mem­o­ra­tions in Paris.

The Taoiseach said: “I will stand in mem­ory of the more than 200,000 Ir­ish­men who fought in the con­flict and the many Ir­ish­women who wit­nessed the hor­rors of war and worked coura­geously to save lives.”

Pic­ture An­to­nia Reeve

A piper leads a frieze at the Scot­tish Na­tional War Me­mo­rial, Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle, pay­ing tribute to the fallen

A colourised photo of Seaforth High­landers troops with a dog in trenches near La Gorgue, north­ern France, in 1915

Army cadets at a war me­mo­rial in Glas­gow’s Ge­orge Square

Me­mo­rial pro­jected onto the HMS Prince of Wales at Rosyth

Pop­pies on the Com­mando me­mo­rial at Spean Bridge

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