Great War commemorations are a priority

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AS CHAIR of the Scottish Commemorations Panel, appointed directly by Scottish ministers to consider and recommend on an appropriate programme of commemorations for the centenary of the Great War, I can assure your readers that the commemoration is a firm priority for all involved (“Fears of Great War battle with Bannockburn”, News, 28 April).

The commitment of the panel and of the Scottish 
Government to delivering a programme of which Scotland can be rightly proud is strong and will be unwavering.

The panel comprises experts from across Scottish society, including professionals from the military and veterans communities, community leaders, clergy, media, historians and education specialists, and 
represents the wide geography of Scotland.

Our work is already well under way in helping to set the tone and in assisting the educational and genealogical aspects of these important commemorations, several of which are already planned throughout Scotland.

Earlier this year the First Minister announced £1 million for the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund to pay for the upgrade and maintenance of memorials in villages, towns and cities in Scotland which pay tribute to those who gave their lives during both world wars and other conflicts.

In due course, the Scottish Government – suitably advised by the panel – will provide further details about the overall programme to mark the appropriate commemoration of the First World War.

This programme will be respectful and relevant to all parts of our society and we are reassured will receive appropriate financial backing.

Norman Drummond, 
Chairman of the Scottish Commemorations Panel