Scotland remembers its war dead

Alex Salmond laying wreath
Image caption Mr Salmond said everyone should remember the "immense sacrifice" made by service personnel

Remembrance Sunday services and parades have been taking place across Scotland to commemorate those who died while serving their country.

In Edinburgh, politicians, veterans and serving personnel took part in a ceremony at the Stone of Remembrance on the Royal Mile.

First Minister Alex Salmond laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Scotland.

A service was held at St Giles Cathedral after a two-minute silence.

Mr Salmond said: "Remembrance Sunday is the time when every man, woman and child in Scotland should pause and give thought to the immense sacrifice which so many have made to protect our way of life and freedom.

"This moment of reflection is a small but significant tribute to all of our servicemen and women, past and present, who have paid the ultimate price in defence of our country.

"Today is a day to proudly remember the bravery of all those who have given their lives in the service of our nation and whose sacrifice will never be forgotten."

A two-minute silence was also observed at an event at the cenotaph in Glasgow's George Square.

Guard of honour

Representatives of the Royal British Legion Scotland paid tribute to the dead, along with council leader Gordon Matheson, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson.

A guard of honour was provided by The Royal Highland Fusiliers, the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Perth staged its annual civic Remembrance Sunday parade and church service, beginning at the council buildings on High Street.

In Aberdeen, a remembrance ceremony was held at the war memorial at Cowdray Hall, Schoolhill.

Lord Provost Peter Stephen led the laying of wreaths at the memorial.

He said: "Remembrance Sunday is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by so many in the past for the benefit of others and to remember the men and women currently serving in the armed forces and their families."

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