Video: MSPs hold two-minute Armistice Day silence

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ALL parliamentary business was suspended at Holyrood at 11am today as MSPs observed a two-minute silence on Armistice Day.

MSPs, staff and visitors were invited to join the Presiding Officer as she led Parliament’s commemoration of those who sacrificed their lives.

Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick led a two-minute silence in the Scottish Parliament. Picture: Scottish Parliament

Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick led a two-minute silence in the Scottish Parliament. Picture: Scottish Parliament

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After the Parliament had fallen silent for two minutes, Stuart McMillan MSP gave a rendition of Flowers O’ The Forest on bagpipes.

The Presiding Officer closed the commemoration with a reading of John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields.

Presiding Officer, the Rt. Hon Tricia Marwick MSP said: “In this centenary year of the ‘war to end all wars’, we remember the millions who died between 1914-18.

“I chose to read John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields. McCrae’s vivid imagery of the poppy is regarded by many as the inspiration behind the flower we wear at this time of year.

“MSPs, staff and visitors to Holyrood joined us this Armistice Day in reflecting on the devastating impact of wars past and present.”

Legion Scotland’s Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Gray attended, together with veterans from Whitefoord House.

Legion Scotland helps ex-services men and women of all ages across Scotland to adapt to civilian life by providing community, friendship and practical advice, whether they left military service yesterday or more than fifty years ago.

Whitefoord House provides high quality, supported accommodation in Edinburgh for veterans who are homeless or in need through the Veterans Housing Association (SVHA).

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