On Sunday 10th August I attended the drumhead service at Edinburgh Castle to mark the outbreak of World War I. The event – using drums as an altar – heralded the start of the Scottish commemorations programme covering eight significant points in the conflict. The cross-faith service on 10 August will be made up of politicians, military veterans and charity groups.
We were seated before 10:00am so that the parade could form up. When the Military contingents were all present the drums where placed and regimental Colours were laid on top of them.
Donald Wilson Lord Provost of Edinburgh Took the General Salute.
The drumhead service replicated those held on the front-line 100 years ago where neatly piled drums was used in place of an altar. I found the whole service very moving and humbling. Being a member of the forces for 3 years 50 years ago I was immediately taken back to attending church parades. I did not expect that to happen but I was aware that all the veterans’ there must have been having the same feelings.
Following the service, military bands paraded down the Royal Mile and the congregation was invited to follow in a procession to a replica Commonwealth graveyard at Holyrood Park. Continue reading