At 11.00 am on Tuesday 11th November Council colleagues and visitors to Council properties will once again this year have the opportunity to observe the 2 minute silence in memory of those affected in all conflicts.

Yesterday, it was an honour and a privilege for me to join the Lord Provost at the City’s war memorial for the act of remembrance and to lay a wreath on behalf of Aberdeen City Council.  The service, this year given extra poignancy by the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, gives an opportunity to pause and reflect on the sacrifice made by so many from Aberdeen over the past 100 years. 

Among the many laying wreaths at the service, I was particularly pleased that Martin Carle, a pupil at St Machar Academy and Bill Robertson of the school’s History department were in attendance.  With pupils having laid a wreath earlier in the year at the Menin Gate on a school visit to Ypres, it was entirely appropriate for the school to participate in Aberdeen’s service. 

The importance of World War I projects being undertaken in schools cannot be overestimated in the way they bring home to new generations both the impact of conflicts and the need to remember.

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Chief Executive of Aberdeen City Council. All views are my own.