Two poignant anniversaries will add to the emotion at next weekend’s Grangemouth Armed Forces Day.
The annual event is normally a chance for the public to come forward and show their support for service personnel past and present and the sacrifices they have made and continue to make in the defence of their country.
However, in a year that sees the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings, event organisers the Royal British Legion Scotland will be holding a special service at Zetland Park war memorial before continuing its usual march through the town centre.
Royal British Legion vice chairman Jan Harvey is also the chairman of Grangemouth’s British Legion Club in the town’s Dundas Street.
She said: “This is about the public joining us to salute the men and women presently serving in the armed services and the contribution of those who have served.
“This year the First World War and D-Day anniversaries will add a solemn side to the event, but it will give the public an opportunity to acknowledge the sacrifices of those involved in these conflicts too.”
As well as extra special guest Sir Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Stuart Hastings Irwin KCB CBE, Deputy Lord Lieutenant Tom Ogilvie will be present to take the salute and Provost Pat Reid will be there to donate cash raised from last year’s Festival of Remembrance Concert between a number of service charities including SSAFA, Erskine Hospital and Combat Stress.