Scotland’s veterans’ charity Erskine marked Armistice Day with a moving Service of Remembrance at their homes.
Today at 11am, veterans fell silent at Erskine Glasgow and Erskine Edinburgh where poignant services were held. At Erskine Glasgow in Anniesland, Black Watch veteran Henry Bayne laid a wreath on behalf of every resident.
At The Erskine Home in Bishopton, veterans, staff and visitors will gather tomorrow to remember all those who gave their lives in service. Erskine Chief Executive Lieutenant Colonel Steve Conway will recite Binyon’s ‘For the Fallen’ before two minutes silence is held. Wreaths will be laid on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen; Erskine veterans; staff and cottage veterans; the Scottish Government; Renfrewshire Council and local schools.
WRAF veteran Margaret Horsfield who will lay the wreath for all Erskine residents said: “I was stunned to be asked. It is such an honour.”
After the service, Falklands’ veteran William McDowall will lay a wreath for colleagues lost. A wreath will also be laid at Bishopton Cemetery where many Erskine veterans have been laid to rest over the years.
Steve Conway said: “Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday are two very significant dates for our veterans, as we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts from the First World War to the present day. Some of our residents saw active service in the Second World War and others, as well as some staff members, served in subsequent conflicts which may have been more limited geographically but which still had a devastating effect on individuals and families.
At this time of year we remember all those who gave their lives so that we might live in freedom, and we honour their memory by caring for those that did return.”