City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Remembrance Sunday

By edg - Posted on 05 November 2016

Event details

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.

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 Service and Ceremony at the Stone of Remembrance.

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.

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