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ROSEANNA: IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THE NAMES ON OUR MEMORIALS AS INDIVIDUALS

 Roseanna Cunningham MSP has participated in the annual Royal British Legion Scotland Remembrance Event in Crieff.

Speaking after the service, Ms Cunningham said:

“I was pleased and humbled to take part in the Remembrance Service in Crieff, organised by the Royal British Legion Scotland, as it is every year.  We should all be very grateful to them for the work that they do all year round on behalf of veterans and in promoting the importance of Remembrance.  

“This year, of course, has a particular significance, marking the centenary of the Armistice.  Exactly one hundred years ago today, on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, the guns finally fell silent after four long, brutal years of war.

“It was in the wake of that conflict that this annual public act of Remembrance was instituted. The scale of the losses was far beyond anything that have ever been experienced before; this war had affected communities in every corner of the land and in town squares, village halls, churches and even schools, plaques and monuments were erected to remember the dead.

“The numbers involved are so huge, it can hardly be comprehended. There are, for example, 134,712 men and women listed in the Scottish National War Memorial Roll of Honour.  And this evening, each and every one of their names will be projected onto the Scottish Parliament building, remembering the individual loss of Scottish servicemen, and also of nurses, munitions factory workers, Merchant Navy personnel, and overseas servicemen.

“It has been an important part of the commemoration of this Centenary that the names on our war memorials are seen as individuals, people who were part of family stories.

“For my part, I have been particularly remembering someone I should have got to know, as I knew his brothers and sisters, but who died in Ypres in 1915 at the age of 22.  Amongst those names projected onto the Parliament will be that of my great uncle, John Curran, a private in the King's Own Scottish Borderers, who was killed in 1915.  Along with 54,000 others whose bodies were never found, he is memorialised on the Menin Gate.

“I will remember him.  We must remember them all.”

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, 63 Glasgow Road, Perth PH2 0PE  •  01738 620540   •   Website designed & hosted by Craig Mackay Design