Gathering for the fallen at Glenbarr

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A biting breeze served as a poignant reminder for those who gathered at Glenbarr War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday of just one of the harsh conditions servicemen and women faced in war.

Members of the West Kintyre community met shortly before 11am to reflect on the courage, devotion and service of the fallen military heroes of the district who are named on the cenotaph.

Marion McDonald welcomed those present to the service and opened the commemoration with a prayer.

Afterwards, Maureen Taylor read aloud all the names on the memorial, 22 who died in World War I and eight who fell during World War II, many of whom are ancestors of those who gathered for Sunday’s ceremony.

Anne Littleson proceeded to recite a verse from the poem For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon before silence descended at 11am as the congregation’s thoughts turned for two minutes to the sacrifices of those who perished.

On behalf of the Glenbarr War Memorial Trust and the community, Calum Morrison then placed a wreath at the foot of the cenotaph.

Mrs McDonald led another prayer, which included a commitment to peace, before Ms Littleson thanked those who attended for continuing to join in the annual celebration.