Edinburgh marks Armistice Day

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The nation fell silent at 11am to mark Armistice Day and remembered those who died while fighting for Britain.

Today marks the 97th anniversary of the end of World War One in 1918.

By the end of the war, over nine million soldiers had been killed and 21 million injured. 30,000 soldiers were killed in the Battle of the Somme in just one day.

A Field of Remembrance has been set up on Princes Street as a tribute to veterans. It contains hundreds of crosses, each decorated with poppies and a personal message to someone who lost their life while protecting their country.

On Sunday, military chiefs, emergency services and regimental associations from across Scotland were joined by Nicola Sturgeon at the Scottish National Remembrance Sunday memorial event at the Stone of Remembrance.

Scotland Office Minister Andrew Dunlop who laid a wreath at the event said: “It is hugely important we remember the servicemen and women who have given their lives so we can enjoy the freedoms we have in the United Kingdom.

“It is an honour to lay a wreath (today) as part of Legion Scotland’s ceremony to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

“We should also recognise the vital role our Armed Forces currently play in keeping our country’s defences strong.”

The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon added: “The laying of a wreath is a small but significant tribute, and I am privileged to do so today on behalf of the people of Scotland.”

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