I was very sorry to hear of Mr Maley’s concerns regarding Edinburgh’s Armed Forces Day celebrations (Letters, 2 July).
I would like to reassure Mr Maley that Armed Forces Day is, and will continue to be, a hugely significant date in the city’s calendar and that the arrangements for Saturday were made with him and his fellow veterans very much in mind.
The parade route was chosen specifically to ensure that veterans had easy access to Princes Street Gardens.
King’s Stables Road is the only entrance that is flat and suitable for those who are less mobile or in wheelchairs. Unfortunately, all the other entrance points have steps.
The starting point of the Grassmarket was chosen in conjunction with the three Services and the Royal British Legion Scotland to allow veterans to meet in this popular area and to have a more visible presence in the city centre.
It’s worth noting too that council officers explored the option of a refreshments tent but were unable to find an operator willing to provide a facility for the event.
As Lord Provost and Veterans Champion, I am determined that we should continue to show our support and gratitude for the enormous sacrifices made by so many courageous men and women in service of this country.
This is especially true as we count down to the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War next year, for which we are planning a fitting commemoration here in Edinburgh.
Lord Provost of Edinburgh and Veterans Champion