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South Lanarkshire pays its respects

Published Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Armistice day centenary

Events were held across South Lanarkshire at the weekend to remember the bravery of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Remembrance Sunday this year also marked the centenary of the end of the First World War.

There were large scale Remembrance Services at the war memorials in East Kilbride, Lanark and Rutherglen, as well as community services throughout South Lanarkshire organised by churches and community groups.

The annual Civic Remembrance Service for the council was held at the war memorial in Bothwell Road Park.

Other significant events in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday included a Memorial Stone being unveiled for Sergeant Thomas Caldwell VC in Carluke, a display of stories of families involved in WW1 in Rutherglen Library and a photographic exhibition featuring the Cameronians at Low Parks Museum in Hamilton. A side of the council HQ in Hamilton was also lit up red to show support for the Scottish Poppy Appeal.

South Lanarkshire Provost Ian McAllan said: “Those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom can never be forgotten.

“The lives they gave so selflessly, and the pain of loss for those relatives, friends and comrades who they left behind never truly fades.

“The events that have taken place across South Lanarkshire has made me proud that so many people want to remember and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“It really has been a time when communities have come together to pay tribute to the bravery of those men and women.”

The council’s Veteran’s Champion, Councillor Mark Horsham, said: “Remembrance events are of course always very special and emotional, but they have had an added poignancy this year as they marked the centenary of the end of the First World War.

“It has been very touching to see the appreciation that so many people have towards those who served, sacrificed and changed our world forever.”