On Sunday 12 November at 11am, town and city centres throughout the UK came to a standstill in remembrance of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of their country over the decades.
Throughout Scotland, members of the Armed Forces Community including Regulars, Reservists, Veterans and Cadets gathered to lay poppy wreaths and reflect on the courage and service of those who have gone before them.
At Edinburgh’s National Remembrance service on the Royal Mile, the British Army was represented by General Officer Scotland, Major General Robin Lindsay CBE, who said of the occasion: ‘The Remembrance period is a poignant and important time of year. We bring to mind the sacrifice of those who have died or been wounded in the service of their country, appreciate their commitment, and give thanks for their selfless example.
‘It’s an honour to be involved and to play a part in remembering them and their families.’
Meanwhile, over in Glasgow, representatives from 32 Signal Regiment, 105 Regiment Royal Artillery, 6 SCOTS and HMS Dalriada paraded to the Cenotaph at City Chambers, which has stood as a symbol of Remembrance in the city since 1924.
Also present for the service in George Square were Royal Naval Reservists from HMS Dalriada, who have had a particularly busy period of Remembrance with events in Kilmarnock, Greenock and Paisley.
Similarly, Reservists from both 602 and 603 Squadrons attended an Act of Remembrance in Kilmarnock hosted by Brodie Engineering, who recently received their Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award at Edinburgh Castle.
There was also a strong turnout for Remembrance Sunday from members of the Lowland Cadet Forces, with young people from Glasgow & Lanarkshire Battalion and Glasgow Sea Cadets, among many others, present at the George Square Cenotaph. Elsewhere, wreaths were laid at local services by units including 2175 (Rolls-Royce) Squadron, West Lowland Battalion and Edinburgh Trinity Sea Cadets.
Colonel Alan Middleton MBE, Commandant of West Lowland Battalion, took a moment to pay tribute to his Cadets in an online post, saying: ‘As your Commandant and as a Veteran, I wanted to say “thank you” to all Cadets, CFAVs and the PSS for the time and effort you have put into the Poppy Appeal and Remembrance this year.
‘It is a tough time of year for Veterans and the families of those injured and killed whilst serving the Nation so having you turn out for the occasion means a lot to all of them – thank you!’