Edinburgh Remembers

This weekend, Edinburgh will join the rest of the world in observing Remembrance Day – a commemoration of the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war.

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Thousands of crosses in Princes St Gardens remember the fallen

Two minutes' silence will be marked on Sunday, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - a date which this year marks the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War in 1918 between the Allies and Germany.

Thousands of poppies, hundreds of wreaths and dozens of special events will mark the centenary in the Capital, allowing everyone in the city to pay their respects.

Many of the city’s commemorations will be led by Edinburgh’s Lord Provost and Veterans Champion, Frank Ross, who said: "This Remembrance Sunday, people the length and breadth of Edinburgh will pay tribute to all those who have fought and died - and who continue to do so - in order to keep this country safe.

"Whether it's by attending your local Remembrance Service or Parade, or simply by taking a moment of quiet reflection, we can all show our gratitude and appreciation for the enormous sacrifices which have been made and still are every day by courageous men and women.

“As we mark the centenary of the Hundred Days Offensive and the final stages of the First World War, these events provide a very special opportunity for all of us to reflect on the toll the war took on the nation and the end of the First World War, 100 years ago.”

Concerts of Remembrance will take place at Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms tonight and at the Usher Hall on Sunday, while Edinburgh’s Garden of Remembrance in East Princes Street Gardens – featuring thousands of crosses planted in the ground in memory of Scotland’s fallen – will be available to visit until Sunday.

Find out where your nearest Armistice service will take place below:

Saturday 10 November

Leith Armistice Service

When? 2.00pm

Where? Tower Place outside the Malmaison Hotel

Details: This Service recognises the contribution made by Leith families in World War One, including the close to 15,000 Leithers who served of which 3,000 lost their lives. The Lord Provost and others will lay wreaths near a restored railway carriage, which will be unveiled to remember the 7th Batt. Royal Scots who lost their lives in the Gretna Rail Disaster in May 1915.

Sunday 11 November

Royal Mile national commemorations with Legion Scotland

When? 10:00am

Where? The Royal Mile

Details: At 10:00am, service members, bands, veterans and standard bearers will muster on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. At 10:30am, led by the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, they will step off and march to the Stone of Remembrance at the City Chambers before the Lord Provost and others lay wreaths and a silence is held at 11:00am. At the same time, Edinburgh Castle will fire 11 blank artillery rounds, symbolising the cease of gunfire sound 100 years ago, before a service takes place in St. Giles’ Cathedral immediately after the ceremony.


Haymarket Heart of Midlothian service and Memorial Walk

When? 10.45am

Where? The Heart of Midlothian War Memorial at Haymarket Junction, followed by walk at 11.30am to Tynecastle and story of McCrae’s Battalion at 12.15pm.

Details: The service will be attended by the first-team, coaching staff and members of the board and is open to all supporters, the Hearts community and members of the public. A Memorial Walk will then leave Haymarket and arrive at Tynecastle Park, where the story of McCrae's Battalion will be told by pupils from four Edinburgh High Schools.


Liberton Kirk Remembrance Day Service

When? 10.15am

Where? The Army Reserve Centre to Liberton Kirkgate

Details: Parade will be followed by a service at the Liberton Kirk, which has been decorated with 17,000 poppies.


Kirkliston Remembrance Day parade

When? 12.00pm

Where? The Church Square at Kirkliston Parish Church

Details: The parade will march via the High Street and Station Road to the war memorial at the junction with Main Street, where a short remembrance service will take place featuring wreaths and a minutes silence.


South Queensferry Remembrance Day parade

When? 10.20am

Where? Meeting at the small car park in the High Street, next to Queensferry Museum

Details: The parade will march along the High Street to the Cenotaph at Rosebery Hall, where there will be a short Remembrance Service and wreath laying at 11:30am. The parade will then march to the Church of Scotland in The Loan.


Sighthill 51 Scottish Signal Squadron Service

When? 10.00am

Where? Murrayburn Primary to St Nicholas Parish Church

Details: Following the parade, a special service will take place in the church at 10:45am. Donations of knitted or crocheted poppies are welcome.


Barnton Remembrance Day Service

When? 12.40pm

Where? East Barnton Avenue

Details: Parade will then end at the War Memorial at the Green where wreaths will be laid.


Corstorphine Remembrance Day service

When? 10.00am

Where? Static event at the War Memorial at Corstorphine Kirk, Kirk Loan.

Details: Wreath laying service.


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