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Scotland remembers its war dead
People observing the silence in Princes Street, Edinburgh

The annual Armistice Day commemorations have taken place in towns and cities across Scotland.

The anniversary marks the end of hostilities between Germany and the Allies after World War One.

The ceasefire was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

Events remembering Scottish soldiers included a two-minute silence at 1100 GMT and the laying of wreaths at war memorials.

Across the country, people stopped in the street, their offices and in other workplaces to observe the silence.

At Edinburgh Castle, home to the Scottish National War Memorial, the famous one o'clock gun was fired to mark the start and end of the silence.

It was led in Glasgow's George Square by the Lord Provost, Liz Cameron, who was joined by the chief constable of Strathclyde Police, other councillors and war veterans.

'Supreme sacrifice'

The re-built Glencorse Barracks, near Penicuik in Midlothian, hosted a re-dedication service of its War Memorial Gates, originally erected in memory of the Royal Scots who died in the 1914-1918 War.

A spokesman said: "Now, they commemorate those of both World Wars and subsequent operations who paid the supreme sacrifice."

All the traffic lights on Aberdeen's Union Street were turned to red for two minutes at 1100 GMT.

Veteran laying poppy in Edinburgh
Seaforth Highlander Kenny Scott, 87, remembers his colleagues

Children at the city's Robert Gordon College have also conducted research into previous pupils who were involved in World War One.

The pupils read out letters at a special assembly, as well as displaying photos of the school's 1910 rugby team.

Dundee's City Square hosted prayers and a brass band played The Last Post.

In the Highlands, councillors gathered in Lairg to walk with a piper from the community hall to the town's war memorial to lay a wreath.

Do you have any pictures of commemorations in Scotland? if so, please send them to newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk




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