Tiree Remembers

“At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
R.L. Binyon

The gathering at the Memorial by Pier Road

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month
exactly 100 years ago World War One ceased
and on Tiree many gathered to remember
the sacrifice, loss and suffering.

In the morning the church came together for a Service of Remembrance.
At 11:00 the two minutes silence was observed by the congregation.
The Rev Bruce Neil led the Act of Remembrance.
John Bottomley led the prayer for others.
And Alan Millar preached the sermon.

Afterwards the congregation shared together over lunch.
At 12:30 the church bell was rung – in common with many churches.

Pipe Major David Buchan and Findlay MacKinnon play at the end of the two minutes silence

At 3:00pm many from across the island met at the Memorial by Pier Road.
The Rev Bruce Neil of the Church of Scotland led the Act of Remembrance.
Two of the island’s pipers marked the end of the silence by playing a lament.

Just a few of the wreathes that were laid

Wreathes were laid.
A ceramic poppy from the Tower of London, was placed by the memorial,.
A poem by Charles MacDonald of Caolas was read in Gaelic and English.
It concerned the Memorial and contained this stanza.
“The community of this island has now raised
A beautiful memorial to those beloved and handsome
Who fell in battles and were drowned at sea
Supporting the kingdom to protect the people.”

In memory

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
R.L. Binyon

This is ‘Life on Tiree’.