Gardens of Remembrance opened in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh and in George Square, Glasgow with moving dedication services last month, marking the start of Remembrance.
The Royal British Legion Scotland (Legion Scotland) are custodians of Remembrance in Scotland, and these dedications are a poignant reminder of lives lost with representatives at both events from all three Services and Veteran Associations.
The Governor of Edinburgh Castle, accompanied by the Garrison Sergeant Major and soldiers from 51st Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Scotland and supporting units, paid their respects at the Edinburgh service, joined by civic and military leaders from the other services.
Governor of Edinburgh Castle, Major General Alastair Bruce of Croinaich OBE VR DL said:
“It is poignant to hear the trams and buses rumble past and countless frantic tourists mingle with Edinburgh’s shoppers, while we hallow a corner of Prince’s Street Gardens to the Scots that fell in battle, for this very ‘normality’."
“Laying the Army’s wreath, I felt the responsibility of Remembering every Scottish soldier and the duty to be ready to defend the Freedom that they gave us the liberty to take for granted.”
Garrison Sergeant Major, Warrant Officer Class One Ruaridh Tuach said:
“This time of year is extremely sad for serving personnel, veterans and families. The opening of the gardens allows our people somewhere to come and reflect on those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. This is just one of the many great events that Poppy Scotland and The Royal British Legion Scotland put on to help our personnel and their families. I am very grateful to all the staff and volunteers that support these amazing organisations.”
The dedication service in Glasgow was led by the Right Honourable Lord Provost, who paid tribute to all those members of the Armed Forces who had paid the ultimate sacrifice. Brigadier Gill, Wilkinson QVRM VR, had the honour of representing and laying the wreath on behalf of the British Army.