Coronavirus: Scotland Remembrance Events Move Online

The events have been moved online due to a ban on outdoor events across Scotland's central belt over COVID-19.

Scotland's first major remembrance event this year has taken place online due to coronavirus.

The opening of Edinburgh's Garden of Remembrance was streamed on social media by charity Legion Scotland on Monday morning.

The event usually attracts hundreds to Princes Street Gardens but a current ban on outdoor events across Scotland's central belt meant the service had to be adapted.

Meanwhile, a national service of remembrance in Glasgow on Tuesday is also being moved online after being cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions. 

The virtual dedication and wreath-laying service at the Garden of Remembrance in George Square will also be broadcast live on Legion Scotland's Facebook and YouTube channels.

It will begin at 10:50, with a two-minute silence being observed at 11:00. 

The two remembrance events commemorate those who died in the First and Second World Wars and all conflicts since. 

Dr Claire Armstrong, Chief Executive of Legion Scotland, said: "We are very disappointed that the opening of the Garden of Remembrance cannot proceed as planned, but we are determined to ensure that the public can still come together in remembrance of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Coronavirus must not be allowed to cancel remembrance, but public safety is paramount.

The Garden of Remembrance, George Square, Glasgow, in 2019 (Picture: M Owens/Poppyscotland).

"Unfortunately, this is not the first time that we have had to adapt our plans this year. We undertook three major commemorations in the 75th anniversary of VE and VJ Days in May and August respectively, and the 80th anniversary of St Valery in June, with considerable success.

"The virtual programme of events reached millions and were arguably even more successful as a result of being taken online."

The current Scottish government guidelines on outdoor events last until 2 November and further details on what will be permitted on Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day are expected later this week.

Cover image: Poppies at the 2019 wreath-laying service at the Field of Remembrance in Edinburgh (Picture: M Owens/Poppyscotland).