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’Earthed and realistic’

Thomas Baldwin looks ahead to this month’s Remembrance Sunday – and the centenary commemoration of the end of the First World War.

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AS luck, providence or simple mathematics would have it, November 11 2018 falls on a Sunday.

Uniforms will be donned, wreaths laid, silences observed and the National Anthem sung at churches and memorials in every town and village in the land, as has happened since it became customary to mark Remembrance Sunday (rather than Armistice Day itself) after the Second World War.

But this year the ceremonies will then move on to something different, as the emphasis shifts from the Remembrance of all the fallen of the 20th and 21st centuries to specifically marking the centenary of the end of the 1914-18 conflict.

The national focus will be on Glasgow Cathedral, from where a commemoration service will be broadcast across the country. But the plan is that there will be events locally as well.

The Rev Professor Norman Drummond, chair of WW100 and the Scottish Commemorations Panel which has advised the government on the centenary commemorations of the past four years, says: “We felt that on Remembrance Sunday, people across the UK would want to be amongst ‘their ain folk’, meaning that Remembrance Sunday should remain Remembrance Sunday rather than making it just about the centenary of World War One.

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