12 November 2017
First Minister lays wreath on behalf of the people of Scotland.
The First Minister participated in Remembrance Sunday today in Edinburgh.
She laid a wreath at the Stone of Remembrance on the High Street, before taking part in a National Service of Remembrance at St Giles Cathedral.
The Remembrance Sunday ceremonies, overseen by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, included representatives of the armed forces, emergency services and veterans’ organisations.
The First Minister said:
This year, as we continue the Scottish Commemorations Programme to mark the centenary of the First World War, Remembrance Sunday is particularly poignant.
“In Scotland, as in other nations, this day provides an important moment for people to stop and reflect on the losses suffered in conflicts past and present.
“And a century on from the appalling losses of the Great War, it remains as important as ever that we resolve to ensure such a tragedy can never be repeated.
“I was privileged to lay a wreath on the Stone of Remembrance on behalf of the people of Scotland.”
The Scottish Commemorations Programme marks the 100th anniversary of World War One, ensuring we remember the sacrifices made and reflect on what we can learn from the ‘war that was meant to end all wars’.
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 our own and future generations are spared the horrors of war.
Honoured to be part of Provost Ross’s wreath laying party today at Remembrance Day in Edinburgh. May those who gave their lives for us, and all who have died in war, rest in peace pic.twitter.com/WTfzli7oah
— Archbishop Cushley (@leocushley) November 12, 2017