Correct call to remembrance

Michael Russell MSP and Patrick Stewart, the Lord-Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute, were among those who laid wreaths at Campbeltown War Memorial.
Michael Russell MSP and Patrick Stewart, the Lord-Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute, were among those who laid wreaths at Campbeltown War Memorial.

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Last week’s coverage of the Remembrance Day service at Campbeltown War Memorial featured the wrong call to remembrance.

The Courier has now been supplied with the correct reading which was spoken by Reverend William Crossan on Sunday November 10.

It should also be noted that Michael Russell MSP, representing the Scottish Government, and Patrick Stewart, the Lord-Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute, representing Her Majesty, The Queen, were in attendance and laid wreaths at the foot of the memorial.

The Call to Remembrance was read as follows:

We gather here this morning in the presence of God to remember before him those who went from this place and gave their lives to enable us to live in peace and freedom today: those of whom we knew, those whose memory we treasure; and with them those unknown to us who also served and paid the ultimate price for the peace in which we live today.

The remembrance we make today is in a very real sense no different to the remembrance we made last year or to that which we shall make in years to come.

The important thing is that we continue to remember, that we come here, year by year, and by our remembrance ensure that the names recorded here — and the reason why they are recorded here — are never forgotten.

The names on this war memorial are, to most of us, the names of strangers; to a few of us, perhaps, the names of family members.

But each of them was a person, a young man who had his whole life ahead of him before the advent of war.

Each name has a story behind it: each name represents a family whose hopes were dashed; each speaks of a future unfulfilled. To forget that would be to dishonour their sacrifice.

In gratitude, therefore, let us remember this morning the courage, devotion to duty, and the self-sacrifice of the men and women of our armed forces; the toil, suffering and endurance of those who were not in uniform; the spirit of working together for a common cause; the planning together for the better world that would come with peace.

Let us remember the widows; the men and women who never knew their fathers; the love that was lost; the wisdom that was wasted; the minds that found only pain in remembering.

Let us remember families bereft by recent wars and conflicts.

Let us remember this day the children who continue to die while nations fight.

Let us remember the One who calls us to remember them.

Michael Russell MSP and Patrick Stewart, the Lord-Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute, were among those who laid wreaths at Campbeltown War Memorial. NO_c47remembrance01