On Armistice Day a poignant silence will fall on The Erskine Home, Bishopton as the charity’s Veterans, staff and visitors remember all those who gave their lives in service.
On Monday at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month a moving Service of Remembrance at the home’s Memorial Stone will be led by Reverend Graham Morrison of The Church of Scotland.
Erskine Chief Executive Ian Cumming, MBE will read Binyon’s words ‘For the Fallen’, followed by ‘The ‘Last Post’ and a two minutes silence, the end of which will be heralded by the ‘Reveille’. Many wreaths will be laid including: one on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen; Erskine Veterans; Staff; Assisted Living tenants; the Scottish Government by Derek Mackay MSP; Renfrewshire Council by Councillors Tom Begg and Natalie Don; Veteran bikers and local schools. The Service will end with the haunting sound of the piper’s ‘Flowers of the Forest’.
Laying the wreath on behalf of Erskine residents is Royal Navy Veteran James Aiken (93) who said: “It will be a proud moment to lay the wreath on behalf of fellow residents and friends here at Erskine”.
A wreath will also be laid at Bishopton Cemetery where many Erskine Veterans have been laid to rest over the years.
Erskine Chief Executive, Wing Commander Ian Cumming MBE said: “For as long as Erskine cares for a Veteran who has witnessed, or suffered the appalling human cost of conflict, Armistice Day will remain significant, poignant and personal to us all. At Erskine we care for those who served, in order to honour the bravery and sacrifice of those who served with them but did not return”.