Communities across the north-east are poised to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War today.
Aberdeen City Council will mark the poignant day with a short ceremony in front of the city’s War Memorial on Schoolhill at 10.50am.
Lord Provost Barney Crockett will lead the laying of wreaths at the Cowdray Hall memorial and pupils from Lochside Academy will recite poems. A church service will be held at the Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting at the end of the ceremony.
Representatives of the Armed Forces and ex-service organisations will muster in Little Belmont Street from 10am and leave at 10.30am to parade to the war memorial, led by Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band.
Music at the memorial will be provided by Bon Accord Silver Band.
At Aberdeen University, the 341 staff, students and alumni who fell during the First World War will be remembered with named crosses on Elphinstone Lawn.
The institution will also lead remembrance on a global stage with Professor Paul Mealor’s requiem The Souls of the Righteous to be performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall and broadcast on Classic FM.
Nine north-east landmarks will also be lit up red as part of a national campaign in support of the Scottish Poppy Appeal and to commemorate the Armistice. These include Aberdeen University’s King’s College Chapel, Rhynie War Memorial, The Lighthouse Tower at Kinnaird Head in Fraserburgh, Findochty Church, the Poised leopard sculpture in Marischal Square, AAB at PrimeFour, Kingswells, Ballindalloch Castle and Banff Parish Church.
Robert Gordon University’s Gray’s School of Art will host an event called Ghost Tank and Dazzle Ships to commemorate and celebrate creativity in times of conflict. The event takes place at the Sir Ian Wood Building at 10am and there will be a minute’s silence at 11am to mark the centenary. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on North Anderson Drive Aberdeen is staging a service and musical performance entitled Voices of the Great War at 7pm.
The 46th Aberdeen Kincorth Boys’ Brigade Company will be marking the centenary with an installation of silhouettes as part of a national There But Not There project in collaboration with the Armed Forces Covenant.
They will be on display at St Nicholas Church during the Remembrance Sunday Service at 10.30am.
Inverurie West Parish Church will display eight silhouettes as part of the project and will be hosting a reflective event entitled Missing Youth from 11.30am.
South Holburn Church in Aberdeen has created a poppy waterfall and pool with more than 1,000 poppies knitted and crocheted by congregation members and friends. A remembrance service takes place from 10.30am. Community group Bridge of Don Remembers gathers tomorrow at their local war memorial on Ellon Road at 10.50am.
School children, councillors and members of Legion Scotland will pay their respects to the 49 local men who sacrificed their lives in the Great War. They will lay wreaths and observe the two minutes’ silence.
The Portlethen Moss Conservation Group has created a mini orchard and wooden sculpture of a soldier. One fruit tree has been planted for each local man who lost his life. They will hold a commemoration ceremony at the orchard in the community woodland at 3pm.
A parade will also be held on Banchory’s High Street from 9.20am. A wreath will be laid at the Burgh Memorial before a service at Banchory Ternan East Church at 10.30am.
The Ellon Royal British Legion Scotland will lead a parade through the town at 10.15am from Victoria Hall to the war memorial, followed by a church service. In Inverurie, the parade will march from the Legion to St Andrew’s Church at 8.45am and, after the service, will arrive at the memorial for two minutes’ silence and the laying of wreaths.
Peterhead has also been gifted 10 silhouettes from the Armed Forces Covenant as part of the There But Not There project. They will be on display at the Peterhead Baptist Church.
A parade will take place in Fraserburgh from the Royal British Legion Hall at 10am to the Old Parish Church followed by a wreath-laying ceremony.
In Huntly, wreaths will be laid at the war memorial while Huntly Community Council member Cally Smith will also lay a wreath in remembrance of the animals that lost their lives in the war.
A commemoration event will also take place in Huntly next weekend at the Gordon Arms Hotel from 11am-4.30pm featuring school pupils, recitals, music and displays.