The Covid-19 pandemic had a huge impact on Legion Scotland and the wider veterans community’s plans for Remembrance Day in 2020. It meant that most events had to take place virtually or with very limited numbers in attendance. 

A closed national service of Remembrance was held at the Scottish National War Memorial within Edinburgh Castle on Remembrance Sunday – and broadcast online. 

 

Wreaths were laid on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen and the people of Scotland by the Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh, Frank Ross, and the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, respectively.

Senior representatives of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force were also among the wreath-laying party, which totalled only 22 people due to social distancing requirements and the numbers permitted within places of worship.  Poppyscotland’s Fields of Remembrance were less accessible due to travel restrictions and other precautions, so a Virtual Field of Remembrance was erected online. Visitors to the site could plant a cross on the virtual field with a personal tribute.

A virtual service of Remembrance was also held on Legion Scotland’s Facebook page on 11 November, and we urged everyone to take to their doorstep at 11am to observe the two-minute silence.

 If you missed these broadcasts or would like to see them again, you can watch online at facebook.com/legionscotland

 Around the country, Legion Scotland branches found safe and socially distanced ways to mark Remembrance Day. 

Strathspey branch, along with their local community, arranged a few creative initiatives, including the painting of ‘Grantown Rocks’ with poppy designs. They also set about collecting plastic drink bottles and ‘recycling’ these to make a striking poppy display, quickly raising their target of one for each of the 316 names on the Strathspey War Memorial. And a colour party visited a number of war memorials on Remembrance Sunday to hold socially distanced services.

In Stirling, a small service was held in the Church of the Holy Rude, with the bugler and lone piper performing outside the church. Twenty-two wreaths were laid.

 

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