Humanists join tributes at national Remembrance Day ceremony

Humanists in Scotland, and across the UK and beyond, will today remember all who died for our liberty and freedom.

Today, 13 November 2016, Gordon MacRae, HSS Chief Executive, will join other civic leaders in paying tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

Gordon will lay a wreath at the Stone of Remembrance at the National Remembrance Day ceremony in Edinburgh, with other Humanist representatives taking part in ceremonies throughout the country.

HSS Chief Executive Gordon MacRae

HSS Chief Executive Gordon MacRae

HSS Chief Executive Gordon MacRae commented:

“As we face an uncertain world, it is vital that we remember the contribution of those who came before us to sacrifice everything for freedom, democracy and the rule of law.

“Shoulder to shoulder Scots of all faiths and none stood alongside one another to protect us all. On behalf of Scottish Humanists I am proud to honour the contribution of non-religious service personnel who gave so much so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have today.”

Caithness-based HSS Registered Humanist Celebrant, Wendy Armstrong was recently honoured to receive a quantity of poppy stakes from the British Legion and Poppy Scotland.

Local HSS Registered Celebrant

Local HSS Registered Celebrant

Local area officer Kate Buchanan for Humanist Society Scotland said:

“ I am very glad that it is now recognised that those who gave their lives so that we could enjoy freedom belonged to a range of religious and non-religious beliefs.

“I am proud to know that local HSS Registered Celebrants from Caithness and Sutherland will stand alongside representatives of religious organisations on Remembrance Day as we acknowledge their sacrifice with respect and gratitude.”


Other representatives of Humanist Society Scotland will also participate in Remembrance Day Ceremonies across Scotland.

The Cenotaph in London was designed by Edwin Lutcyens in the early 20th Century as a secular monument to honour the war dead.


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