We Will Remember Them: The Last Post sounded across Glen Fruin and down along the shores of the River Clyde and the Gareloch and Loch Long.
By Gavin Carr
ROYAL NAVY Sailors and Submariners gathered at Hermitage Park in Helensburgh, today to join the nation in the act of remembrance.
Sailors and Submariners from HM Naval Base Clyde joined local residents and dignitaries to remember those who have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life, as well as recognising the vital role played by the Nation’s emergency services across the United Kingdom.
This year the Parade formed up at Hermitage park at the Garden of Remembrance. The Royal Navy provided the guard of honour and formed up alongside veterans and the HMS Neptune Volunteer band. The service was led by the Rev David Young, of Helensburgh Parish Church.
As the clock struck eleven o’clock, all fell silent as the Last Post sounded across the Fruin hillsides and along the Clydeside shore, and those attending took the opportunity to remember the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Following the two minutes silence, wreaths were laid by, among others, the Submariners Association, Ministry of Defence Police, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, local Cadets, Scout Groups, Girl Guides and Brownie groups and Police Scotland Youth Volunteers.
Laying the wreath on behalf of the Royal Navy this year was Commodore Bob Anstey, Naval Base Commander Clyde.
“It was a great privilege to be able to gather as a community in the act of remembrance,” said Commodore Anstey.
“In light of the events of the last 20 months, it is all the more special to be able to come together to remember the sacrifices of the men and women of our Armed Services, and those of our emergency services and volunteer organisations, who paid the ultimate price to preserve the freedom we hold dear.”
Royal Navy personnel attended services in Edinburgh, Glasgow and other parts of Scotland, as well as numerous other local events held across the whole of the UK.
A large congregation gathered to remember in Helensburgh on Sunday morning.
Speakers lay wreaths for the Commons and House of Lords
Meanwhile, at the Whitehall Cenotaph ceremony in London which HM the Queen was unfortunately unable to attend, are the former Dumbarton MP, John McFall, now Lord Alcluith, Speaker in the House of Lords, with Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, holding the poppy wreath, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, and members of the UK Cabinet. Below, the Remembrance ceremony at Levengrove in Dumbarton. To all those who attended the services in Dumbarton, Alexandria and Renton, the Editor apologises for the absence of photographs here. Our computer equipment developed a fault in the wet weather, I am afraid.