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Scotland pays tribute to war dead

Ceremonies and parades will take place throughout Scotland today to commemorate servicemen and women killed in conflict.

More than 30 events have been organised by volunteers for the Royal British Legion Scotland to mark Remembrance Sunday.

In the capital, a parade of veterans, serving military detachments and cadets will march from St Giles Street to the City Chambers in the High Street.

First Minister Alex Salmond, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael and Edinburgh Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost Donald Wilson will join representatives of the armed and emergency services in laying wreaths at the Stone of Remembrance outside the chambers.

Edinburgh Castle's gun will be fired and a two-minute silence observed before a public service of remembrance at St Giles' Cathedral.

Glasgow's Lord Provost Sadie Docherty will lead a service in the city's George Square during which Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will lay a wreath.

A guard of honour will be formed by the Royal Navy and music will be provided by Her Majesty's Band of the Royal Marines.

In Aberdeen, members of the armed services, veterans and pipe bands will parade from Belmont Street through the city centre to the war memorial at the Cowdray Hall.

A wreath-laying ceremony will be held followed by a church service in the Kirk of St Nicholas.

Kevin Gray, chief executive officer of the Royal British Legion Scotland, said: "On Remembrance Sunday, our heartfelt tribute will be paid to every single serviceman and woman that has fought and died to keep us safe.

"On this momentous day our thoughts will also be with those who still serve in our armed forces and all their loved ones.

"As we approach the centenary of the start of World War I in 2014 we are reminded especially of all those who lost their life in that conflict."


From Belfast Telegraph