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Sunday, 12 November, 2000, 18:51 GMT
Scotland remembers war dead
St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh
A service took place on Edinburgh's Royal Mile
Thousands have taken part in services of remembrance across Scotland.

Servicemen and women were commemorating wars which saw millions of British and Commonwealth soldiers give up their lives in action.

In Edinburgh, the tributes were led by First Minister Henry McLeish.

He laid a wreath at the Stone of Remembrance in the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

In Glasgow, a service was held at the Cenotaph, George Square.

George Square
Wreaths were laid at the Cenotaph in George Square
It was led by minister of Glasgow Cathedral, the Very Rev Dr William Morris.

Lord Provost Alex Mosson laid a wreath at the Stone of Remembrance.

Church of Scotland moderator the Right Reverend Andrew McLellan said: "Those for whom this time of remembrance brings pain and grief have a right to our support and our prayers.

"I will be spending this time of Remembrance in Flanders Fields, where the graves of so many tell us still the dreadful cost of war.

"The traditions which blossomed from Flanders Fields for our observation of remembrance are traditions which have grown and developed over the years.

'Sorrow and thankfulness'

"Now there are so many more to remember. But at the heart of our remembrance today, as before, is sorrow and thankfulness and determination.

"Let us work and pray for peace for the sake of those who died for peace."

Garden of Remembrance, Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh
Hundreds observed two minutes' silence on Saturday
On Saturday, Scots joined millions of people across the UK to observe a two-minute silence marking the moment the guns stopped and WWI ended in 1918.

Shops and airports, railway stations and other venues across the country fell silent at 1100GMT - on the 11th day of the 11th month - to mark Armistice Day.

About 300 people gathered at the temporary garden of remembrance which has been set up in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh.

Organisers said they had been pleasantly surprised by the number of people who took part.

Neil Griffiths, head of the Scottish Poppy Appeal, said: "We anticipated a record Scottish poppy year, but also a slightly lower level of observance because it is a Saturday.

"But, I think we can honestly say that this two minutes' silence on the 11th of the 11th, which was only reintroduced in 1995, is the single biggest spontaneous demonstration for any cause that I can think of."

A record 1.3m was donated to the Poppy Appeal last year, and Mr Griffiths said he was hopeful of exceeding that total.

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