img_2347On the internal wall at the entrance to Barony St. John’s is a marble plaque detailing those parishioners who died in the Great War of 1914-1918.

When I took this photo a couple of days ago, I felt it fitting to post it on Remembrance Day.

For those of you who are not familiar with Remembrance Day, this is a special day where those soldiers who have died in the line of duty, from the First World War to the present day, are remembered throughout the Commonwealth nations.

A two minute silence is observed to mark the end of hostilities on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month  (11am on 11th November).

Red poppies are worn and placed at war memorials all around the country.

This poppy emblem of Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday (held on the Sunday directly after the 11th November if the 11th does not fall on a Sunday), poppyhave been worn in the UK since 1921.

Poppies bloomed across many of the battlefields of the First World War and their colour also posed a reminder of the blood spilled from then until now.

This year, there are some wonderful Remembrance tributes – these wood carvings of soldiers, fallen comrades and poppies in the Remembrance Woodland at Rozelle Park in Ayr, Scotland (many thanks to StevieC Photography);

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And this wonderful sculpture of a soldier in Glasgow’s George Square which is encased in glass and filled with poppies which are blown around him.


Lest we forget.