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Tributes paid on Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day ceremony
A Remembrance Day ceremony took place in Edinburgh
Territorial Army soldiers preparing to head out to Iraq were among the guests of honour at Scotland's national remembrance ceremony on Sunday.

More than 100 territorial soldiers joined VIPs in Edinburgh to commemorate the nation's war dead.

The part-time male and female troops were from 51st Highland, 7th Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

They are due to start a six-month tour of duty in Basra in southern Iraq later this week.

They paraded in front of Scotland's most senior soldier, Major General Euan Loudon, as well as other high-ranking members of the RAF and Royal Navy.

The officers were among more than a dozen wreath layers at the Stone of Remembrance, near Edinburgh Castle, paying their respects to those who gave their lives for the country.

Veterans at Remembrance Day ceremony

Also present at Edinburgh's annual ceremony were Deputy First Minister Nicol Stephen; the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Lesley Hinds; and the Advocate General for Scotland, Lord Davidson of Glen Cova.

Pte Ashley Taylor, from Dundee, is among those due to travel to Iraq with the Royal Regiment.

The 18-year-old said: "It was very moving, all the more so because we are going out to Iraq.

"I am quite happy that I am going out there to do a job, but this did make you think."

First Minister Jack McConnell was in London, joining senior UK politicians and the Royal Family at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

In Glasgow, the city's Lord Provost Liz Cameron led an official remembrance ceremony in George Square attended by several hundred people.

We are like a big family here, and a lot of tears were flowing
Capt Ian Nellins

She said: "I and everybody who was present in George Square this morning felt the respect, reverence and love during the moving remembrance service."

In Inverness, soldiers from the 1st Battalion the Royal Irish Regiment held a service at their base Fort George.

It was attended by some of the families of the Royal Irish soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan in September.

Three members of the battalion died after fierce clashes with Taleban insurgents, and some of their injured colleagues were also present on Sunday.

Capt Ian Nellins, 44, said the ceremony, attended by about 600 people, had been "very moving".

Laying wreaths

"We are like a big family here, and a lot of tears were flowing," he said.

Lord Provost John Reynolds was among those laying wreaths at Aberdeen's main Remembrance Day service at the War Memorial in Schoolhill and the Kirk of St Nicholas.

A remembrance parade took place between the High School and the parish church of St Mary's in Dundee.

People across Scotland also stopped at 1100 BST on Saturday to remember Britain's war dead with a two-minute silence to mark Armistice Day.


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