Scotland Falls Silent For Armistice Day

11 November 2015, 12:14

Scotland fell silent as commemorations were held across the country to mark Armistice Day.

At Holyrood, all parliamentary business was suspended as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, party leaders, MSPs, staff and visiting veterans joined Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick for an event in the garden lobby.

Veterans and members of the public also gathered at Edinburgh's Scott Monument for a reading of Binyon's lines followed by a two-minute silence at the Garden of Remembrance.

Large crowds gathered in Glasgow's George Square to remember the fallen, while at the city's Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, workers lowering a Spitfire to the ground for once-in-a-decade conservation checks paused at 11am.

In Aberdeen, Lord Provost George Adam joined council staff and members of the public to observe the national two-minute silence in Marischal College, the authority's headquarters which have been lit up red since Remembrance Sunday.

At the Erskine care home in Bishopton, Renfrewshire, veterans, staff and visitors gathered around the home's Memorial Stone to pay tribute to their comrades in the Armed Forces and to remember those who gave their lives in service.

Lt Col Steve Conway, Erskine's chief executive, said: "Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday are two very significant dates for our veterans, as we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts from the First World War to the present day.

"Some of our residents saw active service in the Second World War and others, as well as some staff members, served in subsequent conflicts which may have been more limited geographically but which still had a devastating effect on individuals and families.

"At this time of year we remember all those who gave their lives so others might live in peace, and we are proud to care for those that did return.''

The Holyrood event saw veterans from Whitefoord House, which is located near the building, attend. It provides high quality, supported accommodation for veterans who are homeless or in need through the Veterans Housing Association.

Ms Marwick read a poem before Stuart McMillan MSP, the parliament piper, played All The Blue Bonnets Over The Border to commemorate 100 years since the Battle of Loos.

Armistice Day was also marked with the unveiling of a new digital Roll of Honour marking Dundee's contribution in the First World War.

Great War Dundee hopes to tell the story of the men who left the city to fight in the war and of the loved ones left behind at home.

By the 1918 Armistice, more than 4,000 of Dundee's young men had lost their lives and each of their names is recorded.