Thousands line Royal Mile for Remembrance Day

The Lord Provost reflects on Edinburgh's Remembrance Commemorations.

This year has marked the centenary of the Hundred Days Offensive and the final stages of the First World War, providing an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the toll the war took on the nation and the bravery of those who fought for us.Poppy wreath laid on behalf of all citizens

In Edinburgh, we have been marking the anniversary year with several public commemorations including the design of our iconic Floral Clock, which you might have seen proudly blooming red for remembrance in West Princes Street Gardens this summer.

Over in the West Gardens next to the Scott Monument, our Garden of Remembrance opened earlier in the month. A few hundred people gathered to be silent, listen toBusy Royal Mile on Remembrance Day the Last Post and dedicate the garden to the memory of the fallen. You can still visit and see the wreaths and poppies which have been planted.

On Thursday, we came together at the Assembly Rooms to commemorate the end of the ‘war to end all wars’. We gave the city’s collective thanks to those who put their lives on the line, strengthened the home front, and helped to bring us to Armistice 100 years ago at a moving Concert of Remembrance.

Then, on Saturday, we recognised the bravery, commitment and sacrifice of Leith people over the last 100 years. A fitting tribute sees a restored railway carriage outside the Malmaison at the Shore, in memory of the young men of the Royal Scots who lost their lives in the Gretna Rail Disaster in May 1915. All in the lead up to today, when thousands of people joined me at the Stone of Remembrance at 1100 hours for the National Commemorations. It was an incredible sight to see rows upon rows of people, bearing poppies, the length and breadth of the Royal Mile to pay their respects.

I wish to thank Legion Scotland, Poppy Scotland and all of those involved, as well as the many people throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians who volunteer, work, donate towards and show support for our city’s Remembrance commemorations. That includes you. Thank you for joining us.

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