THIS year’s Remembrance services (Friday) and Sunday coincide with the 89th anniversary of Milngavie’s war memorial and the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion Scotland.
The memorial was unveiled in 1922 by Brigadier General A Douglas Campbell CB of Mains, Milngavie, and at that time the ex-service associations of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and other Regiments and Corps were founded.
The whole community was involved in the unveiling on September 17, 1922, from Milngavie and District Council to youth organisations and local schoolchildren who joined the muster led by their pipers.
They joined the main body which had formed at Barloch Moor and marched to the square via Moor Road, Strathblane Road and Station Road in a parade led by LT Colonel Kyle CMG, DSO, who was also the town clerk of Milngavie Burgh.
The service was conducted by the ministers of St Paul’s Church, Cairns, Baldernock United Free Church and St Andrew’s Episcopal and led by Rev John Edgar, minister of the parish, while the praise was led by the combined choirs. At that time the Memorial listed 110 men who had laid down their lives from the 5,000 population in the district.
Today (Friday) the public gathering in Milngavie at 10.50am will be led by the Milngavie and Bearsden branch of the Royal British Legion and marks the actual anniversary of the signing of the Armistice.
Sunday’s Remembrance service at 10.45am will be conducted by Rev Andrew Frater from Cairns Church, Milngavie.
Vice chairman of the Milngavie and Bearsden Royal British Legion, Ian Taggart, said: “We will honour of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our freedom and the three main principles which drive the Legion - comradeship, Remembrance and welfare will be preached.”
The services will include a two minute silence with civic representatives, members of youth organisations and local pupils attending.
The parade will be led by Milngavie Pipe Band, with whom the Milngavie and Bearsden branch of the British Legion has had a long and successful association. The local army cadet force unit, Boys’ Brigade, scouts, girlguiding units, the Red Cross and fire and rescue services will also be represented.
Bearsden’s Remembrance service will be held at the war memorial on Drymen Road at 10.45am on Sunday and will be led by Rev John Harris of Bearsden Cross Church.
In Strathblane, the service takes place at the village war memorial at 10.50am on Sunday.
The local branch of the British Legion needs new members to carry on the tradition of Remembrance services.
Ian Taggart, added: “The need for organisations to support the ex-service community has not reduced and for the foreseeable future ex-service men who are involved in many actions great and small will need our service and support.
“Over time our numbers have diminished.
“We only have a hard core of elderly veterans and associates now which reduces each year.”
If you can help please call 0141 5637125, 0141 9561857 or 0141 9423917.