On 6 June 2024, some 80 years since the events of D-Day, Legion Scotland and Poppyscotland came together to produce Scotland’s Salute, an event officially commemorating the servicemen and women who were involved in the daring military operation.

The event featured music from a range of performers, including musicians from His Majesty’s Royal Marines Band Scotland, the Royal Regiment of Scotland, the Pipes and Drums of the Royal British Legion Scotland, the Military Wives Choirs and Scottish singer Amy Hawthorn.

More than 1,400 audience members heard first-hand testimony from surviving Scottish D-Day veterans, some of whom were present, as narrated by former MEP, journalist and voice of the world-renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Alasdair Hutton OBE TD.

Royal Marine veteran, Invictus Games medallist, TV presenter and Strictly Come Dancing quarter-finalist, JJ Chalmers, compered the evening, guiding the audience through bespoke VT footage, music, and a narrative of Scotland’s involvement in the lead up to, and on the day of, the Normandy landings.

The event was Scotland’s largest act of Remembrance, marking 80 years to the day since over 100,000 Allied troops were involved in the largest amphibious military assault in history.

Dr Claire Armstrong OBE, said, “Legion Scotland was exceptionally proud to bring Scotland the largest commemorative service in honour of this historic milestone in partnership with Poppyscotland. We heard from surviving Scottish D-Day veterans how much this significant event means to them, and those messages are echoed by their families, too. We were extremely pleased that some Scottish D-Day veterans were with us in the audience.

“Scotland has a truly deep connection to the military. The public support afforded to this event, to this act of Remembrance, and, most importantly, to the D-Day generation, has been touching and invaluable in equal measure.

“I want to thank the musicians, our host, and our narrator, for the tireless work they have put into this event.”