Wreaths to be laid at 68 Lanarkshire war memorials this Remembrance Sunday

Wreaths will be laid at 68 war memorials across Lanarkshire this Remembrance Sunday.

This Thursday will see a few small scale Armistice Day ceremonies taking place, including at Hamilton, East Kilbride and Rutherglen.

And just a few days later on, Sunday, November 14, Lanarkshire’s Lord Lieutenant Lady Susan Haughey and representatives will remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

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As the same as last year, they will visit various towns and villages including Blantyre, Ashgill and Dalserf, Bothwell, Larkhall, Lanark, Lesmahagow, Strathaven, Biggar, East Kilbride, Rutherglen, Cambuslang and Uddingston as well as a host of others across South Lanarkshire.

Their North Lanarkshire visits will see them pay respect at Airdrie War Memorial, Bellshill, Motherwell, Cleland, Coatbridge, Shotts and Wishaw to name a few.

Provost Ian McAllan will join Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire, Lady Susan Haughey CBE
(Image: Hamilton Advertiser)

Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire, Lady Susan Haughey CBE is proud to once again recognise those who lost their lives for our country by laying wreaths in their memory.

Lady Haughey told the Lanarkshire Live: “As we approach Remembrance Sunday, the Lanarkshire Lieutenancy has finalised plans to lay 68 wreaths at towns and villages right across the county.

“A number of locations having been added to what was an already extended list in 2020, as the Lieutenancy aims to include every war memorial in Lanarkshire.”

Last year, South Lanarkshire Council confirmed that Remembrance Day events were being scaled down or cancelled altogether due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, this year it has been confirmed that the annual two-minute silence that is observed on Armistice Day on Thursday, November 11, at Hamilton’s Victoria Cross War Memorial in Castle Street, will take place.

It will include ex-service men and women, dignitaries and members of the public all joined by pupils and staff from the town’s three secondary schools – Hamilton Grammar, Holy Cross and St John Ogilvie – for a small service before paying their respects during the two-minute silence.

South Lanarkshire Provost Ian McAllan will also be in attendance and lay a wreath at the Cross.

The Provost will also join Lady Haughey on Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in Bothwell Road Park, where following a short service they will fall silent for two minutes at 3.08pm along with Lanarkshire politicians, church and British Legion representatives and others.

A service will also take at East Kilbride and Larkhall at 10.50am on Sunday morning with Lanarkshire’s Depute Lord Lieutenant, ward councillors and constituency MP and MSP’s.

Lady Haughey added: “Where memorial services are once again taking place, following the COVID restrictions in operation last year, the Lieutenancy will be represented at as many of these as is possible as we remember the service and sacrifice of all those that have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life.”

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