Homeless Edinburgh soldier of Waverley Steps to be honoured
A homeless war veteran will be honoured a year after his death in Edinburgh this weekend.
Former soldier Darren Greenfield died last year on the streets, triggering outrage about how society treats its veterans.
A ceremony for friends and family will be held at Waverley Station, where Darren was a familiar face, on Sunday.
Ex-Royal Tank Regiment corporal Darren, 47, who served in Bosnia, Norther Ireland and Iraq, became a fixcture outside the station, with a cardboard sign saying: “Soldier in need, please help, thank you, God bless.”
He was a familiar sight on the streets of Edinburgh, more often than not perched at the top of the city’s Waverley Steps, quietly hoping someone would spare him a few quid as he lived out life sleeping rough.
Forces charity Ancre Somme Association Scotland will lay a wreath at the ceremony, which is scheduled to take place at 11am on Sunday.
Chairman John Jenkins told the Daily Record: “We will pay a small tribute to Darren with his sister Asten, to show our respects and show he hasn’t been forgotten.
“We will lay a wreath and a cross to remember a hero, a veteran, a human being who suffered and was washed up and homeless after serving Queen and country.”
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