Scottish War Blinded Remembrance Service

Posted: 12/11/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded held their annual remembrance service on Tuesday 11 November 2014 at the Linburn Centre. The service was presided over by Scottish War Blinded member Reverend Dr Bill Mackie.

Bill describes the event:

“As an Ordained member of the Scottish War Blinded, I was invited to lead the Service of Remembrance at the Linburn Centre on the 11th November 2014.

We used the Standard Royal British Legion format for the service, but with a slight change. Instead of holding the service outside, we opted to hold the service inside the Linburn centre, so we went through the entire service, and then went outside for the wreath laying. Normandy Veteran and Scottish War Blinded member Hugh McGuire laid a wreath on behalf of the Scottish War Blinded, another member, Harry McLean laid a wreath on behalf of the Royal Army Pay Corps, and former Royal Blind School pupil Amy Moar laid a wreath on behalf of the Royal Blind school.

We then returned to the Linburn Centre where three poems were read, Derek McDonald read the first poem, then my youngest son Simeon Mackie recited a poem, then I brought up the rear and read the final poem. Amy Moar formerly of the Royal Blind School, now studying music at Napier College, played the harp for those present. The members enjoy her music so much, she was invited to do an encore.

We then had lunch served by the staff members.

It was a fitting end to such a memorable day.”

Amy Moar said:

"I think the whole lay out of the Linburn centre is so user friendly. This was my first visit to Linburn and I found it so easy to get around and what made it easier was that some of the staff used to work with me at The Royal blind School! I had a fabulous day as well as being very moved to be asked to lay the Royal Blind School wreath."

Scottish War Blinded member Henry McLean said:

"I felt a wee tear in my eye, and very humble when I was asked to lay the wreath. Thank you Rev. Dr Bill Mackie also ex member of the R.A.P.C."