A Service of Remembrance will be held at the Erskine Edinburgh Home tomorrow where veterans, staff and visitors will fall silent to remember.
As well as veterans and spouses who live in Erskine Edinburgh, a warm invitation was extended to veterans who live locally to the home, to attend the moving Service of Remembrance in the charity’s Memorial Garden.
Leading the proceedings will be Reverend David Dixon of St Barnabus Church, Moredun.
Derek Barron, Erskine’s Director of Care will recite Binyon’s poignant lines from ‘For the Fallen’, before Home Manager Alison Payne will read the names of Erskine veterans who have passed away within the last year. Drummer Corporal Gary Pedan from the 1st Battalion of the Irish Regiment will mark the start and close of two minutes’ silence. Piper Corporal Christopher Dorman from Royal Signals will conclude with ‘The Flowers of the Forest’ as wreaths are laid at the home’s memorial stone. Erskine staff member Paul Newman will be Standard Bearer at the Service.
Among those laying wreaths are Ian Murray MP; Erskine veterans – Navy veteran Michael Lamb and Army veteran Wicktor Kurkowski; Erskine staff; Lieutenant Colonel Warren Ginn of the Army Personnel Recovery Centre; Gary Gray from Poppy Scotland and Tommy Douglas from Legion Scotland. Schoolchildren from Craigour Primary School will also place Remembrance Crosses.
With this year marking the centenary since the end of the First World War, ‘There But Not There’ silhouettes funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust will be displayed throughout the Memorial Garden.
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.”