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From the archive: Armistice Day

It is the time of year when the nation falls silent to remember those lost in battle and two of the biggest ceremonies will take place in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Here we take a look back at past Armistices Days.

The Garden of Remembrance at Edinburgh's Princes Street
The Garden of Remembrance at Edinburgh's Princes Street

Armistice Day (November 11) has grown over the years from a ceremony to mark the end of World War I to an event which remembers all those who have lost their lives in battle.

Every year hundreds of people gather at the cenotaphs in Edinburgh and Glasgow’s George Square to pay their respects to their city’s fallen.

On November 12 1924, the sixth anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I, hundreds gathered in the rain for a brief but moving ceremony at the cenotaph in George Square, which was attended by representatives from the Royal Scots Fusiliers, Royal Naval Volunteers and Territorial Army units.

The Glaswegian cenotaph was created by sculptor Ernest Gillick and architect John James Burnet and bares the inscription ‘To the immortal honour of the officers, non-commissioned officers and men of Glasgow who fell in the Great War. This memorial is dedicated in proud and grateful recognition by the City of Glasgow.’

A report on the Armistice Day ceremony in the then Glasgow Herald said: “The simple ceremony in which Glasgow, in common with the rest of the country, joined was the expression of the national will to cherish in undying gratitude the service which the men who fell rendered to their fellow.”

In 1973 and 1982 hundreds also gathered at St Giles Cathedral and the Stone of Remembrance in Edinburgh to pay their respects.

And on Sunday this tradition will be kept alive by thousands of people who will hold a two minute silence and attend ceremonies at cenotaphs across the country as a mark of respect to those who have died.

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