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95th Annual Service of Commemoration

The 95th Annual Service of Commemoration was held at the War Memorial on Tuesday 6th June 2023. The Armed Forces were represented by Brigadier Andy Muddiman RM, Major-General Alastair Bruce and Air Vice-Marshal Ross Paterson (represented by Flight-Lieutanant Ross McElhinney). This year was an Army lead and the Officiating Chaplain was The Chaplain General The Rev Michael Parker. The lead-service rotates between the RN, Army and RAF each year. The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland Rt Rev Rev Sally Foster-Fulton preached at the service. Readings were given by the Raqual Harper-Titchner, Chair of the Army Widows Association and Cadet RSM Edward McKenna of Lothian and Borders Army Cadet Force. Deputy First Minister Shona Robison MSP represented First Ministers Office and Mr Michael Napier represented the Secretary of State for Scotland.

We were honoured that Lord Lyon, Ormond and Unicorn Pursuivant were able to join us for the occasion. Prayers were offered by Bishop John Armes, Bishop of Edinburgh, and Archbishop Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh.

Wreaths were laid by the three Armed Forces representatives, Merchant Navy, Royal British Legion Scotland, Scottish National War Memorial, War Widows Association, Army Widows Association, Scottish Government and UK Government.

The Military Wives Choir sang a beautiful rendition of “Be Thou My Vision” as part of the service.