Veterans Minister Makes Remembrance Sunday Plea Against 'Horrors Of War'

12 November 2017, 06:39

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The Veterans Minister has said people should use Remembrance Sunday to commit themselves to ensuring future generations are "spared the horrors of war".

Keith Brown made the comments ahead of services across the country to commemorate the fallen in current and past conflicts.

He said: "We have a responsibility to learn from the lessons of the past, and Remembrance Sunday should be a solemn, dignified occasion when we commit ourselves to ensuring that our own and future generations are spared the horrors of war.

"A century on from the devastation of the First World War, which left barely a community or single family untouched by tragedy and loss, it remains as important as ever that we come together across Scotland to commemorate those lost in all conflicts, past and present."

He will lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Scotland at the cenotaph at Puller Memorial Park at the Bridge of Allan Remembrance Service.

Meanwhile, a two-minute silence will be held in the centre of Glasgow at 11am as a mark of remembrance.

The silence is part of a service at the cenotaph in George Square led by the city's Lord Provost, Eva Bolander.

She said: "Remembrance Sunday is a day for reflection and gratitude for those who gave their lives in conflict to preserve our freedoms.

"Glasgow owes its military and veterans a great debt. We are proud to remember those who fell and to support our serving military."

Moderator of Glasgow Presbytery, the Rev Ian Galloway, will lead prayers and Deputy First Minister John Swinney will be in attendance.

On Saturday, the firing of the Edinburgh Castle gun signalled the start of Armistice Day services.

Members of the armed forces and veterans held a two-minute silence in the capital's Garden of Remembrance at an event organised by Legion Scotland.

Sine Ward, an organiser for Poppyscotland, said: "There has been lots of public engagement, chat and stories.

"It has been sunny and busy, and everyone seems to be having a great time. We cannot thank our wonderful volunteers enough for all of their efforts today."

On Sunday, the First Minister will join wreath-layers at the Stone of Remembrance at Edinburgh City Chambers to remember those who have fallen in conflicts.