Friday 18th June marked the centenary of the founding of the Royal British Legion Scotland in 1921, and Provost Simpson joined the City of Stirling Branch at Stirling City Cenotaph to commemorate the occasion.
Supporting veterans for 100 years
At the conclusion of the First World War there were millions of service personnel seeking to re-establish themselves in civilian life, and many hundreds of thousands of women and children were left widowed and fatherless.
On 18th June 1921 four ex-service organisations came together at St Cuthbert’s Church in Edinburgh to unite for the greater good of the nation and the British Legion was born.
Today, the Royal British Legion Scotland is the largest ex-Service membership charity in Scotland with more than 142 branches, 60 clubs and 20,000 members.
The historic institution, working in partnership with other organisations, provides veterans in the community with services covering remembrance, comradeship and befriending, whilst supporting the welfare services and fundraising initiatives of Poppyscotland.
At the heart of Stirling's communities
Stirling Provost Christine Simpson said: “The Royal British Legion Scotland works at the heart of our communities, supporting veterans of all ages and from all conflicts, providing much needed support for the armed forces and veterans and their families.
“This historic organisation helps provide Stirling veterans with comradeship and befriending, whilst raising much needed funds every year through its Popppyscotland appeal. Established in the aftermath of World War I, its work remains as vital as ever for the services community.
“Those who serve, past and present, are strengthened by the presence of Royal British Legion Scotland and I offer my thanks to all those who have helped build this essential institution, and to all those who will be part of its future.”