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Scotland pays tribute to war dead

Veteran paying tribute in Edinburgh
Veterans paid tribute at the Garden of Remembrance in Edinburgh

Scotland has remembered those who have died during war as the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I was marked across the country.

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, people observed a two-minute silence.

The signing of the Armistice 90 years ago marked the end of World War I, but Remembrance Day also recognises those who have died in conflicts since.

Veterans gathered in Edinburgh, the focus of national recognition.

They included those who fought in World War II, along those who served during more recent military campaigns such as Malaya, Korea, the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The silence was observed at Armistice Day services across the country at 1100 GMT.

In Edinburgh about 500 members of the public joined veterans at a garden of remembrance to mark the signing of the Armistice in 1918.

The tribute in Princes Street Gardens was created to allow residents to pay their respects. Neil Griffiths, of the Royal British Legion Scotland, said: "Both young and old turned out for what was a moving and a fitting tribute to those Scots who gave their lives."

Central Station in Glasgow held its annual tribute with a half-hour service which was attended by hundreds of people.

The busy station came to a halt at 1100 GMT as former soldiers and rail representatives remembered those who died for their country.

Joe McGoran and Bill McDowall
Joe McGoran, 92, lost an arm and leg in a WWII battle

The station, which has a monument to the war dead, has been the location of remembrance services through the years because it is where many soldiers said goodbye to loved ones before going off to war.

Representatives from the British Legion, Salvation Army and station operators Network Rail attended.

A Network Rail spokesman said: "The ceremony began with veterans marching into the station led by a piper.

"Wreaths were laid and during the silence all action seemed to come to a halt."

A similar service was held at Edinburgh's Waverley station.

In Dundee veterans and council representatives were joined by several hundred members of the public at a service at the City Square.

Many local shops also observed the two-minute silence.

A parade was held in Aberdeen on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the Armistice.

Grampian Police Pipe Band led armed service representatives through the city centre to the Cowdray Hall war memorial.

Service in Afghanistan
Marines from 45 Commando took part in a service in Afghanistan

The silence was also observed in homes and workplaces across the country, including the Scottish Parliament, which suspended business.

Services also took place in Erskine homes, where veterans are cared for.

In Bishopton, WWII veteran Joe McGoran laid a wreath, helped by Falkland's veteran Bill McDowall.

Mr McGoran, a former Cameron Highlander, aged 92, lost and arm and a leg during a battle at Monte Cassino in 1944.

He believes young people should never forget past and current conflicts.

"I would urge them all to fight as hard as they can for peace and freedom," he said.

Poppy Scotland said the events had never been more popular, adding that the funds it collects are increasing year on year.

Over in Afghanistan, marines from 45 Commando in Arbroath took part in service to remember fallen colleagues.

Lt Col Jim Morris, who led the wreath-laying at the memorial, said: "It is fitting that we take this opportunity to remember those servicemen and women who gave their lives in conflicts past and present, whilst we are serving on operations here in Afghanistan."

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