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Thursday, Jun 13, 2024

Scotland pauses to pay respects on Armistice Day

Scotland's commemoration of Armistice Day, a day dedicated to remembering those who died in military conflicts.

People across Scotland observed a two-minute silence at 11:00 GMT on 11 November, marking the end of World War One in 1918. Wreaths were laid at various war memorials, including the Garden of Remembrance in Edinburgh.

Dr. Claire Armstrong, CEO of Legion Scotland, emphasized the significance of the day for relatives, friends, and everyone who has served or is currently serving in the British armed forces.

The main service in Scotland was held next to the Scott Monument in Princes Street Gardens, attended by veterans, supporters, and dignitaries, concluding with a single gun salute from Edinburgh Castle. A special service is also planned for Sunday at the Stone of Remembrance outside Edinburgh City Chambers.

In parallel, pro-Palestinian marches occurred in several cities across Scotland, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Forres, and Dumfries. These events called for a ceasefire in the war in Gaza.

First Minister Humza Yousaf, whose parents-in-law recently escaped from Gaza, supported the protesters' right to hold events on Armistice Day. Additionally, on Saturday, Yousaf called for the resignation of Home Secretary Suella Braverman following clashes between counter-protesters and police in London.

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