The firing of the Edinburgh Castle gun signaled the start of the Armistice Day Service, in Edinburgh, today (Saturday 11th November). A two-minute silence followed thereafter before the Rev Dr Karen K Campbell conducted the service in the Garden of Remembrance.
Members of the Armed Forces community, including veterans, attended the poignant event, organised by Legion Scotland, to remember those who have fallen in conflicts. Frank Ross, the Right Honourable Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, led a special group of wreath-layers at an event that was open to the public. The ‘Poppy Bus’ – provided by Lothian Buses and appropriately numbered 11 – halted beside the Garden of Remembrance at 11am.
Tomorrow (Sunday, November 12th), the Lord Provost will be joined by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and fellow politicians, as well as members of the Armed Forces community, for a ceremony at the Stone of Remembrance to mark Remembrance Sunday.
More than 100 wreaths will be laid at the poignant service, organised by Legion Scotland at the City Chambers, to remember those who have fallen in conflicts. Sir Alistair Irwin KCB CBE, the President of Legion Scotland and Poppyscotland, will read Binyon’s Lines after the bugler has played the Last Post.
Before, during and after today’s service, Poppyscotland’s 10,000-strong team of volunteers across the country were hard at work collecting for the charity. In Edinburgh, more than 130 volunteers – including Army cadets, Air cadets and Navy Officer cadets – manned the key points all over the city
Sìne Ward, Poppy Appeal Organiser East for Poppyscotland, said: “It has gone really well today. There has been lots of public engagement, chat and stories. It has been sunny and busy, and everyone seems to be having a great time. We cannot thank our wonderful volunteers enough for all of their efforts today.”
Notes to editors
- For further information please contact David A. Findlay, PR Manager at Legion Scotland / Poppyscotland, on 0131 550 1580 or 079797 35611; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Available for interview: Kevin Gray MM, CEO of Legion Scotland.
- Available for interview: Gordon Michie, Head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland.
- Legion Scotland is the daily use name of the Royal British Legion Scotland, the largest ex-service membership charity in Scotland working at the heart of the community supporting veterans of all ages and from all conflicts. With nearly 165 branches, 65 clubs and more than 30,000 members, Legion Scotland, working in partnership with other organisations, provides veterans in the community with three key services covering remembrance, comradeship and befriending whilst supporting the welfare services and fundraising initiatives of Poppyscotland. Contact Legion Scotland at New Haig House, Logie Green Road, Edinburgh, EH7 4HQ, or telephone 0131 550 1586. For more information on Legion Scotland’s work, please visit: legionscotland.org.uk.