The annual service of remembrance at the Church of the Holy Rude is a key event in the Stirling calendar, and will take place on Sunday (8 November) in line with *current Scottish Government restrictions, limiting attendees to 50 invitees only.
Provost Simpson will represent the people of Stirling at the ceremony by laying a wreath at the service, along with other local organisations. These will then be laid at the Cenotaph later that week.
Due to the restrictions on gatherings and outdoor events, the traditional parade to the Cenotaph after the church service will not take place, and no other parades or events are permitted.
Members of the public will be able to watch and listen to an edited recording of the service later that day on several different platforms, including YouTube and Facebook, by visiting the Church of the Holy Rude website.
Residents and veterans are being encouraged to pay their respects at home by observing the national two-minute silence. People throughout the Stirling area can also share the ways they are remembering the fallen on Twitter by using the hashtag #StirlingRemembers2020
It’s important we remember the fallen
Provost Simpson said: “Remembrance Sunday is a poignant day where we all come together and commemorate the members of our armed forces who paid the ultimate price in defence of our country during times of conflict.
“It’s important we remember the fallen to whom we owe so much, and it will be an honour to lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Stirling during this year’s special church service.
“Usually, I would be encouraging people to join in the traditional commemoration events – but unfortunately these are not normal times.
“With the ongoing impact of the pandemic, this year, I would urge residents to take time to reflect and remember the sacrifices of our servicemen and women from the safety of their own homes.”
Residents, if they wish, can also make an online donation to this year’s Poppy Scotland appeal.
To listen to a Remembrance Sunday message from Provost Simpson, please head to the Council's YouTube channel.
*Please note that the current arrangements for the church service may be subject to change if restrictions are tightened locally or nationally ahead of Remembrance Sunday.
Advice and guidance on Remembrance Sunday from the Scottish Government: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-remembrance-2020/
Information on the Scottish Government guidance for events is available via this link: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-events-sector-guidance/
Information on the current Scottish Government local and national restrictions is available via this link: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/