Islay’s illuminated monument

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Last Sunday evening the lit up Mull of Oa American Monument shone like a beacon on the Atlantic’s rim.

It was an Armistice inititiative shared by WW100 Islay, the island communtiy council, RSPB, coastguards and, local business, MacEachern Bros.

The obelisk was built in memory of the American soldiers who lost their lives in the SS Tuscania and HMS Otranto troopship tragedies in 1918.

Armistice Day on Islay began at 6am with pipers playing in Bowmore and Port Ellen.

Each Church on the island held their services of remembrance and at 2pm members of the community gathered at Kilchoman Commonwealth War Graves cemetery for a further service of remembrance.

These acts of remembrance drew a fitting close the commemorations held on Islay in 2018.

Instagram photograph of the Mull of Oa monument by Ben Shakespeare. NO_c46mullofOa01_Instagram-0824