A number of major events took place at the end of October and beginning of November to commemorate those fallen in conflict.

At the end of October, Gardens of Remembrance were opened in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.

In Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens, officers of the three Armed Forces, along with veterans and wreath layers, took up positions to pay their respects and observe the two-minute silence.

In Glasgow’s George Square, tributes were led by Glasgow Lord Provost Philip Braat, and more than 24 wreaths were laid by a variety of military and civilian representatives. Organised by the Glasgow and south west Scotland area of the Royal British Legion Scotland (Legion Scotland), the service was conducted by the charity’s National Padre, Rev Dr Karen Campbell, with Legion Scotland President, Sir Alistair Irwin, reading the iconic lines from Lawrence Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen’.

Landmarks across the country were lit up in red to support the Scottish Poppy Appeal. These included the RRS Discovery in Inverness, the Kelpies in Falkirk and Perth Bridge.

At 3pm on Remembrance Sunday, hundreds of musicians across the world also joined together for #iPlay4Peace, performing a new piece of music composed by renowned Scottish musician Graeme Murray, ‘Where the Poppies Grow Tall’.

Armistice Day

On 11 November, Edinburgh’s iconic One o’clock Gun fired at 11am from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle.

Hundreds of veterans and members of the public flocked to Legion Scotland’s Garden of Remembrance on Princes Street for a service or Remembrance and wreath-laying ceremony.

The short open-air service was led by the charity’s National Padre, Rev Dr Karen Campbell, and wreaths were laid by Deputy Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh Councillor Joan Griffiths along with representatives from Legion Scotland, Poppyscotland and Veterans Scotland.

Members of the public took the opportunity to plant Remembrance symbols in the Garden following the service.


Remembrance Sunday

Legion Scotland marked Remembrance Sunday at the Stone of Remembrance in the City Chambers, Edinburgh. 101-year-old WWII veteran Jack Ransom laid a wreath alongside Legion Scotland President, Sir Alistair Irwin.

Wreaths were laid by the Lord Provost, representatives from the Scottish Government, UK Government and the wider Armed Forces and veterans community.