Memorials are an important way for communities to honour those who have served our country. That’s why Legion Scotland holds an annual Best Kept War Memorial campaign, to shine a spotlight on monuments around Scotland and to check in on how local groups are maintaining the memorials in their area. Legion Scotland branches often work with local authorities on this.

 Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Best Kept War Memorial campaign was paused in 2020. This year, we ask branches to submit their entries to their area secretary and to Head Office by 30 April.

 From May until July, area judging will take place. Then the national judging panel will look at winners from each area. Winners will be announced in late August.

 Awards are presented in seven categories:

  • Champion of Champions
  • Large Community with Gardens
  • Small Community with Gardens
  • Memorials without Gardens
  • Satellite Memorials with Gardens
  • Satellite Memorials without Gardens
  • New Entry Category (memorials that have never been entered before)

There are many factors that will be taken into account in the judges’ decision process. To be considered, a memorial should meet the following conditions:

  • It should be freestanding – inhabited buildings are not eligible
  • It should be well-preserved and clean with all names clearly inscribed
  • Any metalwork should be kept in good condition
  • The surrounding area should be free from moss and weeds
  • Flower borders should be neat and properly tended
  • Accessibility should be good
  • Bonus points are available if the Royal British Legion Scotland colours – royal blue and gold/yellow – are displayed

If you have any questions or require an entry form and the full rules and regulations, please contact your area secretary, or Brian Ward at Head Office at [email protected]