Edward Mountain MSP today paid tribute to current and former Armed Services personnel for their service and sacrifice, in a Holyrood debate on Remembrance Commemorations.
Leading the debate for the Scottish Conservatives, Edward Mountain MSP also paid special mention to the sacrifices made by Ukrainians in the defence of their country against Putin’s illegal invasion.
In his speech, Edward Mountain MSP said:
“When it comes to Remembrance, everyone of our ex-servicemen and women will all have differing views and memories of their time. They will have served in different theatres and done very different things.
“But one thing is for sure, all who have served know that when push comes to shove, they can rely on their fellow servicemen and women to always stand shoulder to shoulder with them, never forgetting the shared experiences and the sacrifices they have made in defence of their country’s freedoms.
“Some veterans and their families gathering together on Sunday will remember those who died in the two world wars, others will remember the sacrifices made in more recent conflicts in the Falklands, the Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq.
“Each person will be united in silent tribute – pausing, acknowledging and reflecting on all that has been given to secure our future.
“A future that I am afraid is once again under threat. The devastation of war has returned to our continent in the form of Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.
“So this Remembrance Sunday I will also pay tribute to the Ukrainians who are not only defending their country, but also fighting to protect the security, freedoms and democracy, I believe, of the free world.
“These are the same values that our servicemen and women are prepared to sacrifice everything for too. That’s something we should never forget.”
Edward Mountain MSP concluded his speech:
“This Sunday at 11 o’clock, all those who have served and who are currently serving will take the time to pause, to reflect and to remember all those they have served with and all those who are no longer with us.
“We will always acknowledge their sacrifice and their early passing in the service of their country. We should never forget they have given their all for our today.”