'Remembrance More Important Than Ever' In 2018, Says Nicola Sturgeon

The First Minister of Scotland's remarks came during Edinburgh Poppy Day.

Nicola Sturgeon has been stressing the importance of the poppy and told Forces News that remembrance is "even more important" in 2018.

The First Minister of Scotland said wearing a poppy is "expressing in a very visible way the gratitude that all of us feel for our Armed Forces and veterans".

She said:

"I'm always proud to wear the poppy as a way of saying thank you."

Her remarks came as collectors took to the streets of Edinburgh for the city's annual Poppy Day.

Poppyscotland says its appeal raises over £2 million each year to support members of the Armed Forces community across Scotland.

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Collectors make the most of Edinburgh Poppy Day

The First Minister also highlighted the significance of 2018 being the centenary of the end of the First World War but also wanted tributes to be paid at all those who have "sacrificed, participated in, and given their lives in conflicts since":

"Remembrance is important every year but in this year it is more important than ever."