Visually Impaired Veterans Guests of Honour at Armed Forces Day Ceremony

Posted: 26/06/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded members from the Lothian and Borders were guests of honour at an Armed Forces Day flag raising ceremony on Monday 23 June 2014.

Members were joined by the Lord Lieutenant, members of 6 Scots Regiment and senior council officials to witness the raising of the offical Armed Forces Day flag at Scottish Borders Council headquarters in Newton St Boswells.

A reception followed providing members with an opportunity to describe their service careers and Scottish War Blinded experiences hosted by Scottish Borders Council Veterans Champion John Greenwell.

Scottish War Blinded members attend Armed Forces Day flag raising ceremony at Scottish Borders CouncilJohn Greenwell said:

"As Armed Forces and Veterans Champion for Scottish Borders Council it gave me great pleasure to welcome Veterans and Staff from the Scottish War Blinded to Council Headquarters to take part in our Armed Forces Day Flag raising ceremony.

“I hope that in some small way Scottish Borders Council has raised the profile of Scottish War Blinded and I would urge anyone that has an ex- serviceman/woman relative or friend experiencing visual problems, whether or not the impairment was caused whilst in service, to get in touch with Scottish War Blinded to see if they qualify for help."

Scottish War Blinded members Alisdair Bernard and Ewan Bowie attended the event.

Alisdair said:

"It's been a lovely morning and really worthwhile coming along to celebrate the contribution made by serving personnel and veterans of the Armed Forces."

Ewan commented:

"I really enjoyed the chance to speak with serving personnel who provided insight into their current deployments and listened to my own experiences of life in the Armed Forces. It's been a great day out."