Communities gathered across the nation on 11 November to honour and commemorate the servicemen and servicewomen who lost their lives in conflict. 

In addition to the hundreds of local services that happened in Scottish villages, towns and cities, a commemorative event took place along the Royal Mile and outside Edinburgh’s city chambers. Among those in attendance were First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Lord Provost Robert Aldridge, the chiefs of all three armed services, and representatives of Scotland’s veterans’ associations. 

Dr Claire Armstrong, the 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. Remembrance Sunday is a chance to come together and remember all the servicemen and servicewomen 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.” 

In addition to reflecting on the conflicts involving the UK Armed Forces, many Remembrance services also highlighted the fact that this is the first year in some decades that there is an ongoing war in Europe. 

Legion Scotland volunteers across the country have played a key role in organising local services. There have also been other events, too, including the Festival of Remembrance at Dundee’s Caird Hall and the opening of dedicated gardens of Remembrance in Glasgow’s George Square, Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens and Inverness’ Cavell Gardens.

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