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Last Updated: Friday, 28 May, 2004, 16:56 GMT 17:56 UK
Veterans remember D-Day comrades
World War II Veterans
Ex-servicemen paid their respects to fallen comrades in Edinburgh
World War II veterans have paid their respects to their comrades who died during the D-Day landings at a ceremony in Edinburgh.

Twenty members of the Edinburgh and Lothians branch of the Normandy Veterans Association gathered at the city's war memorial for the service.

They laid a wreath in memory of their friends who died back in 1944.

The annual event was brought forward as most of the men will be in Normandy for the 60th D-Day anniversary on 6 June.

Two-minute silence

The ex-servicemen stood to attention alongside members of the public for the service in Edinburgh Castle's Crown Square on Friday afternoon.

All observed a two-minute silence and heard the lament The Flowers O' The Forest, played by a lone bagpiper.

Association member Jim Ferguson laid the wreath at the war memorial.

Its tribute read: "Come and stand in memory of men who fought and died.

"They gave their lives in Normandy, remember them with pride."

One veteran, who did not wish to be named, said: "It's just a remembrance of what we went through at such a young age.

"We remember how Mr Hitler ruined so many young lives."

Fighting back tears, another former serviceman added: "It is about remembering our old comrades, especially the ones that didn't come back."

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