10 April 2017
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon went to France on Sunday 9 April for the Vimy Ridge commemorations followed by the Scottish Government’s Beating Retreat at Place des Héros, Arras.
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) April 9, 2017
Also in Arras were history pupils representing each local authority in Scotland to observe the centenary of the Battle of Arras at Scotland’s commemorations.
The First Minister said:
“Forty four Scottish battalions and seven Scottish-named Canadian battalions took part in the Battle of Arras – the highest concentration of Scottish troops fighting in a single battle during World War One.
“Pupils representing every local authority in Scotland are in Arras this weekend to learn more about its impact. These young people are not much younger than many of those who fought in the battle – many of whom never returned to Scotland.”
“Education is an important part of our commemorative programme – ensuring pupils understand the impact and significance of the battle, and share what they have learned with their peers and wider community.”