Time to remember as Legion puts on poppies for parade

editorial image

In this special commemoration year, the British Legion will host another Remembrance Day Parade this weekend, with all invited to attend.

The parade will assemble at the Gordon Highlander Memorial, Banchory, this Sunday, November 9, at 9.20am.

The event is not only for service or ex-service personnel, with anyone who wishes to pay their respects encouraged to join the parade.

The memorial ceremony will commence with the laying of a wreath, a prayer, and lament.

The Banchory Pipe Band will the lead the troops to the Burgh Memorial.

A wreath will be laid and a lament given at the memorial before the parade continues along the High Street, where, en route, the salute will be taken by the Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire, Mrs Carol Kinghorn.

The parade will continue along High Street and down Dee Street to Bellfield Car Park.

At 10.10am, colour parties will assemble outside Banchory Ternan East Church, where a service of Remembrance will be held at 10.30am.

In August, we commemorated 100 years since the outbreak of World War One.

To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, the University of Aberdeen will host ‘The Death of Innocence’, tomorrow (Friday).

The event will tell the moving stories of individual soldiers of the 51st (Highland) Division.

Organised by Professor Steve Heys, from the university, and retired orthopaedic surgeon Tom Scotland, ‘The Death of Innocence’ will provide an insight into the tremendous impact the First World War had on the lives of ordinary people.

Professor Heys said: “We have organised a special event to mark the centenary year of the start of the Great War to show how the war affected families the length and breadth of the country.

‘‘ With so many young men killed or wounded in action, we feel it is very important indeed to remember the sacrifices made by so many.”

The stories will include that of Aberdeenshire man John Low, who served his country in the 4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders.

The talk will begin at 6pm on Friday in the University’s Suttie Centre, Foresterhill, Aberdeen.