Saturday, November 13, 2010

Scotland marking Remembrance Sunday


Events of remembrance are being held in towns and cities across Scotland

Remembrance Sunday services are set to take place across the country in memory of Scotland's war dead.

A ceremony will be held at the Stone of Remembrance on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, which will include a march by ex-service and civilian organisations.

HMS Ark Royal crew members will lead a parade as part of Glasgow's ceremony in George Square, while a service will be held in Glasgow Cathedral.

Events will also be taking place in towns and cities across Scotland.

First Minister Alex Salmond and Scottish Secretary Michael Moore will be at the ceremony in Edinburgh.

The parade will include service personnel, regimental associations, the St Andrews Ambulance Association, the Humanist Society, Girl Guides, Sea Cadets and the Army Cadet Force.

Royal British Legion Scotland general secretary George Ross said: "We want this to reflect the whole of society.

"Remembrance is not the exclusive preserve of the Armed Forces and we hope the parade will reflect this."

THE COMMANDO MEMORIAL - The Memorial commands wonderful views of Ben Nevis, the Grey Corries and the western end of the Great Glen. It was unveiled in 1952 by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and commemorates the elite soldiers of the Commandos who died during the Second World War. Achnacarry, six miles from Spean Bridge, was the Commandos' Basic Training Centre from 1942. Over 25,000 men were trained here and in the surrounding area including British, American, French, Belgian, Norwegian, Polish, German (Jewish) and Dutch troops. With Ben Nevis only an 18 mile run from Achnacarry, reaching the summit was just one of the challenges for a day's training! Many veteran Commandos make the annual pilgrimage to attend the Service of Remembrance and Wreath Laying held at the Memorial in November. At any time, this moving tribute offers a rewarding visit, and spectacular photos are often available, especially at sunset.

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