Scotland

Edinburgh Garden Of Remembrance Opens With Ceremony

The garden has been designed as a place for people to gather and reflect on the sacrifices people have made.

A service to mark the opening of Edinburgh’s Garden of Remembrance has been held.

Civic leaders and members from the Armed Forces and Veterans community attended to honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland played the music to accompany the ceremony, where the city’s Lord Provost, Councillor Frank Rose, lay the first wreath.

He believes it is important for the city to have a place, like the garden, where they can remember.

"People will have their own memories, they will have their own thoughts, but actually having a place where they can come and either mark it through bringing a cross, or a Saint David’s cross or a crescent or a humanist sign, all of which are available," the councillor said.

"It’s also a place where people can have that quiet moment of reflection in the middle of an incredibly busy city."

Crosses at Edinburgh’s Garden of Remembrance

A sentiment which was echoed by Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Irwin, the President of Legion Scotland: "It is absolutely right that we should collectively honour those that have given everything in defence of the nation and partly because it reminds those who have served and who are serving now that the nation are still interested in them and their welfare."

The garden is designed to be a place for people to gather and reflect on the sacrifices people have made.

Thousands of crosses have already been planted, many of them with personal tributes from loved ones.

As the country is about to mark its 100th Remembrance event the garden will provide a focal point for the city in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday.