A Garden of Remembrance has been started outside Stornoway’s drill hall this morning (Monday November 4th) as Remembrance events are planned across the island.
The garden at the Ross Mountain Battery memorial outside the drill hall will remain open through the week for anyone to lay a cross in memory of a loved one.
Remembrance Day services at churches and memorials around the islands will commemorate the fallen of the wars on the Sunday closest to Armistice Day, Sunday November 10th. Events in Stornoway begin with a procession of uniformed services starting from the former Royal British Legion clubhouse at 10am.
From 10.45am on Sunday people will assemble at Martin’s Memorial Church, where the Lord Lieutenant of the Western Isles and representatives of the British Legion, RAFA, Merchant Navy Association, Army Reserve, Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps, the Queen’s Own Highlanders and Stornoway primary school will be gathered.
St Columba’s church will see pupils from Laxdale school join the Boys Brigade and Girls Brigade and representatives of Fire Scotland, while at St Peter’s Episcopal Church HM Coastguards will assemble for remembrance.
Meanwhile the service at the High Church on Stornoway will see representatives of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, the Red Cross, RNLI, St Andrew’s First Aid and the Nicolson Institute.
After the services, uniformed services and associations will march through Stornoway and Lord Lieutenant Donald Martin will take the salute at Carn Gardens. At 12.30pm a bus leaves the bus station for the memorial gardens below Stornoway War Memorial, where Rev Tommy MacNeil of Martin’s Memorial Church will conduct a dedication service.
There will be further services and dedication events at churches and memorials around Lewis and Harris on Sunday 10th and Monday 11th November.