First Minister leads tributes on Remembrance Sunday

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon joined Rt Hon Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh Robert Aldridge, as well as veterans, and military personnel to pay tribute to the fallen on Remembrance Sunday.

Hundreds gathered on the Royal Mile near the Stone of Remembrance at the City Chambers to remember all those who gave their lives in conflicts over the years.

The RAF Central Scotland Pipes and Drums led a parade from Edinburgh Castle to the City Chambers, followed by the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, veterans, and representatives from the three Armed Services.

Following the firing of the One O’Clock Gun from Edinburgh Castle at 11am, they joined people across the country in falling silent for two minutes of reflection.

After a short ceremony, wreaths were laid at the Stone of Remembrance by the First Minister, the Lord Provost, Baroness Goldie, Minister of State for Defence, Chiefs of all three Armed Services, veterans associations and others. This was followed by a service of remembrance at St Giles Cathedral.

Ms Sturgeon said:

“Remembrance Sunday honours the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our way of life. It also gives us the opportunity to mark the service and sacrifice our veterans and those still serving in our Armed Forces community have made, and continue to make, to defend our freedoms.

“At this time of year, many families in Scotland come together to remember their loved ones and it is an opportunity for everyone to pause, reflect and be thankful. We remember them with pride. They will never be forgotten.”

Dr Claire Armstrong, Chief Executive of Legion Scotland, said:

“From the First World War to more recent conflicts, it is vital that we do not forget those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Today is a chance to come together and remember all the servicemen and women who gave their lives over the years, as well as those who returned with physical or mental scars.

“As we recognise the extraordinary sacrifices our Armed Forces community continue to make, it is also a chance to express our hopes for a peaceful future.”

Further commemorations took place around Scotland, including services at Glasgow Garden of Remembrance at George Square, and other locations.

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