Scotland marks Remembrance Sunday

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A remembrance parade took place along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh

Remembrance Sunday services have taken place across the country in memory of Scotland's war dead.

A ceremony was held at the Stone of Remembrance on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, with a march by serving and ex-service personnel and civilian organisations.

HMS Ark Royal crew members led a parade as part of Glasgow's ceremony in George Square, while a service was held in Glasgow Cathedral.

Events also took place in towns and cities across Scotland.

First Minister Alex Salmond and Scottish Secretary Michael Moore attended the ceremony in Edinburgh, where Mr Salmond laid a wreath.

The first minister said: "Every man, woman and child in Scotland owes a debt of gratitude to those who have fought to protect our way of life and our freedom.

"On Remembrance Sunday, I would ask all of Scotland to pause for a moment to reflect and pay tribute to our servicemen and women, past and present, who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our country.

"In Scotland, we are privileged to have a long and proud military history, and all of our armed services are a credit to their country.

"Lest we forget, today is a day to proudly remember their bravery and sacrifice; their name liveth for evermore."

Naval commander

The Edinburgh parade included service personnel, regimental associations, the St Andrews Ambulance Association, the Humanist Society, Girl Guides, Sea Cadets and the Army Cadet Force.

Royal British Legion Scotland general secretary George Ross said the organisation wanted the event to reflect the whole of society.

In Glasgow, 56 members of the ship's company of HMS Ark Royal joined the Naval Regional Commander for Scotland, Commodore Charles Stevenson, for the ceremony in George Square.

Following the two-minute silence, the Lord Lieutenant laid a wreath on the Stone of Remembrance in the name of the citizens of Glasgow.

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First Minister Alex Salmond laid a wreath at the Stone of Remembrance

Also in Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders Police took part in the annual Remembrance Day Service at the Polish War Memorial in Redbraes Place.

The memorial was erected two years ago to honour those of Polish origin who died in the wars.

The Polish consul general laid a wreath at the memorial, alongside Deputy Chief Constable Steve Allen.

A permanent memorial to Wojtek the Bear, who was adopted by the Polish Army throughout World War II was unveiled.

The bear spent his retirement at Edinburgh Zoo, where he lived until his death in 1963.

A service of remembrance was held at St Nicholas Kirk in Aberdeen after a parade to the war memorial at Cowdray Hall, led by the Grampian Police pipe band.

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