A flag raising ceremony has been held in Haddington ahead of Armed Forces Day on 30 June.

Speaking at the ceremony, Provost John McMillan said:

"It’s my privilege to welcome you to this ceremony commemorating Armed Forces Day 2018. We are greatly honoured to be joined by veterans from East Lothian, and further afield. I’m also pleased - in Scotland’s Year of Young People - to welcome members of the Lord Lieutenant’s cadets.

"Today is an opportunity to recognise the enormous contribution made by service personnel - past and present - and pay tribute to those who very sadly paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"This November marks a century since the end of the First World War. A large number of residents left East Lothian in service of their country – many of whom, tragically, would never return.

"Sadly, in the 100 years since, the world has seen all too many conflicts – some on a large scale, others more confined. In war, and in peacetime, our armed forces have promoted peace and security, confronted terrorism, and delivered aid to those in need.

"1918 was a historic year in many ways. Women played a significant role in the war effort, taking on work such as farming, transport and munition production, and the perseverance of Suffrage activity subsequently led to women being given the right to vote.

"For a number of years now women have deservedly been playing a full and active role in our Armed Forces – reflective of the increasingly inclusive society in which we all live and are so keen to protect.

"That’s why, as Provost of East Lothian, I value occasions such as Armed Forces Day. A chance to give thanks, remember, reflect and look ahead."



Published: Monday, 25th June 2018