Scotland’s veterans’ charity Erskine will mark Armistice Day with a moving Service of Remembrance at The Erskine Home on Sunday.
At the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month – on this the centenary of the end of the First World War – Erskine veterans, staff and visitors will fall silent at the home’s Memorial Stone to remember all those who gave their lives in service.
Leading the proceedings will be Reverend David Stewart of The Church of Scotland.
Erskine Chief Executive Ian Cumming MBE 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; Erskine Reid Macewen Activity Centre veterans and Cottage veterans; the UK and Scottish Governments; Renfrewshire Council; HM Naval Base Clyde; veteran bikers and local schools.
Laying the wreath for Erskine veterans will be 103 year old RAF veteran Hasie Young who served for six years. Hasie said he was ‘very proud’ to be asked.
After the service, Falklands’ veteran and Erskine cottage resident William McDowall will lay a wreath for colleagues lost. Derek Mackay MSP will attend to lay a wreath on behalf of the Scottish Government and a wreath will also be laid at Bishopton Cemetery where many Erskine veterans have been laid to rest over the years.
Adding extra poignancy on this Centenary Anniversary of Armistice Day, ‘There But Not There’ silhouettes funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust will be displayed throughout The Erskine Home.
Erskine Chief Executive, Wing Commander Ian Cumming MBE said: “Armistice Day is a significant and poignant event for everyone at Erskine, but for our veterans in particular. We remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, during a century of conflicts from the First World War to the present day. We support our veteran residents who served during the Second World War, as they each reflect individually on what they saw and the friends they lost. And of course, Erskine staff and beneficiaries who saw fighting and peacekeeping in more recent conflicts, also come together to support each other. We reflect on what we have learned about the devastating physical and psychological effects of war on individuals and families. Most importantly at this time of year, Erskine remembers those who gave their lives, so that we might live in freedom. We pledge to honour their memory by caring for those heroes who did come home.”