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Tribute to be paid in Inverness and Highlands to fallen

By Val Sweeney

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A service will take place at the Cavell Gardens war memorial in Inverness.
A service will take place at the Cavell Gardens war memorial in Inverness.

CROWDS will gather in communities across the Highlands this weekend in a programme of poignant Remembrance events paying tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

The largest gathering is set to take place in Inverness on Sunday afternoon with a parade from Huntly Street to the war memorial at Cavell Gardens where a commemoration service including a two-minute silence will take place.

Members of the Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS) will join service personnel, cadets,politicians, civic leaders and others for the procession which sets off at 2.30pm.

Highland Council’s Armed forces and veterans champion, Councillor Roddy Balfour, who will lay wreaths during commemorations in Cawdor and Croy, said in recent years the numbers attending Remembrance events had grown due to interest in the anniversaries of both world wars.

“It is terribly important to remember,” Cllr Balfour said.

“I think after World War II a lot of veterans didn’t want to get involved but when they got older and they saw old comrades dying off and people asked what they had done in the war, it renewed interest.”

Paul Wilson, chairman of the RBLS Inverness branch, has recently returned from World War II anniversary events in Holland.

“It is about the passing of history,” he said. “The last of the actual people involved are dwindling.”

Tomorrow there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders’ Memorial in Station Square at 10am. It will be followed by wreath-laying in honour of Victoria Cross holders Rear Admiral Sir Anthony Miers at Tomnahurich Cemetery and Colour Sergeant James Munro at Craig Dunain Hospital Cemetery.

Poppy crosses will also be placed at Commonwealth War Graves in Tomnahurich Cemetery.

The Inverness Military Wives Choir will also stage two performances at Inverness Cathedral.

On Monday November 11, a two-minute silence will be observed at 11am during a short service outside Inverness Town House.

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