Honouring our Armed Forces on Remembrance Day

A group pay their respects in the garden of remembrance at Princes St Gardens in Edinburgh.

Remembrance Day is a time to reflect on past and present sacrifices made by our Armed Forces and their families.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the country will observe a two-minute silence. Commemoration events will take place across the country in honour of our Armed Forces and emergency services personnel.

Carolyn MacLeod MBE, ADES National Education Officer who runs Forces Children’s Education, said: “Remembrance Day is a time to honour our Armed Forces community.

“There are more than 12,500 children and young people across Scotland’s 32 local authorities with an Armed Forces background. We are proud to support all our Armed Forces personnel across Britain and the Commonwealth.”

As well as the silent reflection on Saturday 11 November and the wearing of poppies, there will also be a number of wreath-laying and memorial ceremonies the following day.

Remembrance events

On Sunday 12 November, invited guests and members of the public will gather at the Stone of Remembrance at Edinburgh City Chambers (more details). Wreaths will be laid by the Lord Provost, representatives from the Scottish Government, UK Government and the wider Armed Forces and Veterans community to remember our fallen at 11am. 

Kelso will also host a Remembrance Sunday event (more details) from 10.30am, with a procession leaving from the Town Square to The War Memorial next to Kelso Abbey.

In Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, a Remembrance Parade (more details) will be led by the Royal British Legion Scotland Peterhead branch from 9.30am. 

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