8 May 2015
The First Minister has travelled to London to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Victory in Europe.
Senior members of the Royal Family, the military and other dignitaries attended the commemorative service, at which the First Minister represented the people of Scotland.
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The First Minister said:
“We will never forget those who have, and continue to, lay down their lives in conflicts in the service of their country.
“I am honoured to represent the people of Scotland at the Cenotaph and service in Westminster Abbey, and pay my respects to those who served so valiantly in World War II, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice.
“This ceremony and national service of thanksgiving are rightly focused on remembering those who served, lived and died protecting our freedoms and way of life. Those brave souls from Britain, the Commonwealth and beyond who were so selfless in their actions freeing the peoples of Europe from tyranny will never be forgotten.”
The First Minister continued:
“We must also recognise the professionalism, integrity and bravery of all those currently on operations overseas and at home, making personal sacrifices to defend our country from terrorism and contributing to international peace and security.
“Our armed forces personnel and veterans deserve our respect and recognition. In addition to their outstanding contribution and service to the nation they have acquired skills, experiences and values that continue to bring huge benefits to our society.”
The First Minister will also attend the national service of thanksgiving for VE Day at Westminster Abbey on Sunday, and she confirmed that the Union Flag would fly outside Scottish Government buildings across the commemorative weekend