Legion Scotland’s Chief Executive Officer Dr Claire Armstrong received an OBE for her work, while Margaret Brown, the chairwoman of Legion Scotland’s Forfar branch, was named a BEM in recognition of her tireless support for the veterans community. 

An OBE typically recognises work within charitable or welfare organisations, as well as contributions to the arts and sciences or deeds of public service. 

Claire said she was surprised and delighted to receive the honour: “I have been hugely humbled to have received the OBE in the King’s New Year’s Honours. It was not at all expected, to put into words what it means to have been recognised in this way is not easy, but I am hugely thankful. It has and will continue to be my privilege and passion to continue to serve our organisation and the wider veterans’ community in Scotland. 

“It is always fantastic to see members within Legion Scotland recognised for their long-standing commitment and we are all delighted that Margaret Brown received the BEM – huge congratulations.” 

Margaret has become a well-known face across Legion Scotland and beyond for her roles within Remembrance events and other important commemorations. 

She said, “I was so excited when I got the notification, you never expect anything like that to happen to you.” 

Her husband, Charlie, previously received an MBE while brother-in-law Colin Brown received his own BEM in 2018.