Scottish War Blinded members attend commemorative drumhead service at Edinburgh Castle

Posted: 12/08/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded members and staff attended the commemorative drumhead service at Edinburgh Castle on Sunday 10 August to remember those who fell during the Great War.

Representatives of local authorities, veteran’s charities and the public gathered to participate in the biggest commemoration event of this scale ever seen Scotland involving over 5000 people.

The event included three key commemorative activities; the service at Edinburgh Castle represented the moment before deployment, the procession down the Royal Mile as a march to war and the Holyrood memorial being an assembly for military action.

Military bands and serviceman from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force paraded onto the Esplanade and drums were placed to form a makeshift altar draped with the colours of the British Armed Forces. Military chaplains presided over an emotive, sombre service of reflection through readings, hymns and prayer.  

The congregation had the option to join the procession down the Royal Mile to Holyrood Park and leave poppies, wreaths and markers where 1,000 replica commonwealth war graves form a temporary memorial.

Scottish War Blinded member Bill Mackie said:  

“Thanks to Scottish War Blinded, myself and my wife Heather and son Simeon were able to join the thousands that turned out for the Drumhead Service at Edinburgh Castle on Sunday 10th August 2014. The service itself was most enjoyable despite the weather. It was moving, and we were very happy to have been there.”

Read about further Scottish War Blinded commemorative activities