Lest we forget: Edinburgh’s Garden of Remembrance opens

Service of Dedication at the Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance. Picture: Julie Bull
Service of Dedication at the Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance. Picture: Julie Bull
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DOZENS of veterans laid wreaths, poppies and wooden crosses as Edinburgh’s Garden of Remembrance opened.

The Lord Provost was amongst those who took part in a ceremony at East Princes Street Gardens.

He was joined by veterans minister Keith Brown MSP, representatives from the Royal British Legion Scotland and members of Regimental Associations and other ex-service organisations.

Members of the public also paid their respects alongside 60 veterans.

Lord Provost Donald Wilson said: “The Garden of Remembrance is a poignant place in the heart of the Capital to pay tribute to the bravery of those who fought and continue to fight to keep the country safe. It is also a place to pay respects to the lives that have been lost and sacrifices made by so many courageous men and women.

“I urge Edinburgh residents and visitors, workers and commuters to please pay the Garden of Remembrance a visit this November to make a donation for poppies or crosses or to simply take a quiet moment to reflect.”

The Scottish National Remembrance Sunday memorial event will be held at the Stone of Remembrance outside the City Chambers on the Royal Mile on Sunday at 11am.

The Service of Remembrance will be held after the ceremony at St Giles’ Cathedral and is open to the public.

Kevin Gray, chief executive officer at Legion Scotland, said: “The opening of the Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance is one of many important Remembrance events being held across the whole country which sees people coming together to remember those who have fallen.

“We must never forget the sacrifices they made.”

Bobby Wright lays a wreath.

Bobby Wright lays a wreath.

Ian McGregor, Poppyscotland chief executive, said: “Remembrance of past loss and sacrifice underpins Poppyscotland’s strong resolve to support members of today’s Armed Forces and veterans community who are in need.

“Yesterday’s ceremony and the Garden of Remembrance provide a focal point for commemoration for people in Edinburgh, and visitors, to pay their respects in the days leading up to Remembrance Sunday.

“Poppyscotland is proud this year, as every year, to support our colleagues in Legion Scotland at the ceremony.”