Scottish Poppy Appeal and Remembrance

A key event in the veteran community’s calendar for many reasons, I was delighted to attend the Parliamentary Reception for the launch of the Scottish Poppy Appeal. The annual appeal plays a huge role in reinforcing the importance of remembrance while raising vital funds for our veterans, and I’m hugely grateful to all volunteers and supporters for their contribution.

Poppy appeal launch

As part of Scotland’s commemorations, I was honoured to lay wreaths at the opening of the Glasgow Garden of Remembrance in October, and at the Stone of Remembrance in Edinburgh on Remembrance Sunday. The Services were a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by so many and an opportunity to reflect on the immense courage and dedication shown by all of our Armed Forces.

Remembrance wreath

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