The Royal British Legion Scotland
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Scotland Drumhead Service

On Sunday 10th August 2014 the first in a series of events in a 5-year programme to commemorate the centenary of the Great War was held in Edinburgh. Chaplains, Armed Forces' bands and honour guards were joined on the Castle Esplanade by an invited congregation from all over Scotland, drawn from the political parties, Armed Forces, Service Veteran organisations and local people from all areas with an interest in the Great War, in a Drumhead Service to replicate one held at Edinburgh Castle to mark the start of the Great War 100 years ago.



After the service the military contingents marched down the Royal Mile to Holyrood Park, followed by an informal procession of much of the congregation, to represent the "march to war". In Holyrood Park a simulated Great War cemetery had been laid out and the local contingents were invited to lay crosses or wreaths to mark the heavy cost of the Great War in casualties from all over Scotland, including the many Scots who died while serving in the contingents from all of the then British Empire overseas dominions.



. . . .   AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN, AND IN THE MORNING . . . .