City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Remembrance Sunday

By edg - Posted on 30 September 2018

Event details
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 11:00am

Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day or Poppy Day, commemorates the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war. Two minutes of silence is marked on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, which is the anniversary of the ending of the First World War in 1918 between the Allies and Germany.

Remembrance Sunday, the main day of observance, takes place on the Sunday nearest to the 11th November, with services across the country. In 2018, the 100th anniversary of the ending of the "War to End All Wars", Remembrance Sunday actually falls on Armistice Day.

Scotland’s national remembrance ceremony takes place on Remembrance Sunday, with the laying of wreaths by national, local, and military leaders at the Stone of Remembrance, beside St Giles Cathedral.

A services parade, led by veterans, with pipes and drums of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and 2 Scots, will leave Edinburgh Castle Esplanade shortly after 10.30am and march to the ceremony at the Stone of Remembrance followed by a service at St Giles Cathedral.

In 2018, the centenary of the Armistice is being marked by a special procession to and service at Edinburgh Castle after the service at St Giles.

Remembrance Ceremony

  • The 11:00 gun fires to announce start of the Observance.
  • 2 minutes of silence is observed.
  • The gun concludes the Observance.
  • The bugler plays the Last Post.
  • Minister of St Giles recites Binyon’s Lines, ending “We will remember them”. The response is: “We
    will remember them”.
  • The Minister says Prayers
  • Lord Provost of Edinburgh, First Minister of Scotland, and VIPs lay wreaths in silence.
  • The Bugler sounds The Rouse.
  • Veterans and Associations lay wreaths
  • The National Anthem is sung.
  • Benediction.
  • The procession makes off into St Giles.
  • 11.30am: Church service at St Giles.
  • 12.30am: Parade from Parliament Square to Edinburgh Castle.
  • 1.15pm: Service of Commemoration at Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh Castle

Remembrance Sunday comes at the end of the annual Scottish Poppy Appeal, the charity which raises money for veterans in need.