Lest we forget

This week's photograph was sent in by Marilyn Shedden and shows a single sunflower amidst a mass of poppies at Glencraigs Farm.

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It has been a week of remembrance like no other.

Despite the current Covid restrictions, ex and current military personnel, veterans, organisations and individuals still managed to take part in this year’s Armistice and Remembrance Day commemorations in someway or another.

The message of both is of hope and peace for the future, a message more poignant than ever this year as all of us face a new battle against an invisible enemy.

The traditional events did not take place or were very small-scale on Remembrance Sunday and the people in Campbeltown and surrounding areas must be congratulated for their vigilance during this difficult time. And indeed for their resourcefulness.

This was highlighted by two-and-a-half-year-old Emelie Willis, who completed a sponsored walk from her home, in aid of the Poppy Appeal, by circumnavigating the war memorial several times accompanied by members of her family and friends.

And by 105-year-old veteran Ailsa Stewart, who turned out to pay her own tribute at the monument on Sunday where single representatives from many local organisations also laid wreaths.

As the ongoing pandemic made large gatherings impossible, other people took to their own doorsteps to commemorate the fallen.

One way or another, pandemic or not, the Campbeltown community remembered them. Lest we forget.