Remembrance Day marked at services across Scotland

First Minister Humza Yousaf lays a wreath during a service at the Stone of Remembrance in Edinburgh

Services have been held across Scotland to commemorate those who died in military conflicts.

Veterans, families and dignitaries attended the main service at the Stone of Remembrance, outside Edinburgh City Chambers.

First Minister Humza Yousaf laid a wreath during the event, which included a two-minute silence at 11:00 GMT.

Meanwhile, in London King Charles led the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph.

Mr Yousaf was joined by a Ukrainian family who arrived in Scotland more than a year ago after fleeing the war in their home country.

The first minister said: "This, to me, is one of the most sacred days of the year.

"It's an opportunity for all of us, all communities, to come together, to reflect, to remember, and to honour all of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in order so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we cherish every single day."

Holyrood Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone, defence minister and former Scottish Tory leader Baroness Goldie, and Edinburgh Lord Provost Robert Aldridge also participated in the commemorations.

Before the service current and former military personnel walked in formation down the Royal Mile to the City Chambers.

Ukrainian family
Sviatoslav, nine, was draped in the Ukrainian flag for the service and laid a wreath in memory of his late father

Ukrainian Lesya and her children Marichka, 16, and Sviatoslav, nine, laid a wreath on behalf of children who have lost a parent since the Russian invasion last year.

The family arrived in the Scottish capital after the war broke out but their father, Koli, stayed behind to fight.

He was killed two days before they were due to be reunited.

Hannah Beaton-Hawryluk, chairwoman of the Association of Ukrainians in GB branch in Edinburgh, said: "We have to remember. War is all over the world, all of the time.

"Lesya's family are one of thousands that have experienced terminal heartbreak in the last 20 months.

"The loss of her beloved husband, and father to her children, Koli, brutally outlines why to fail to learn from historic mistakes creates nothing other than an unstable world full of horror, destruction and immense sadness."

Military personnel, Edinburgh
Veterans during the Remembrance Sunday event at the Stone of Remembrance on the Royal Mile

Legion Scotland chief executive Dr Claire Armstrong stressed the importance of remembering those who served in the armed forces.

She added: "Many people have made the ultimate sacrifice in order to sustain our current way of life.

"Many more have made unthinkable sacrifices to maintain our freedoms. To them, and for them, we must say 'thank you', and we must remember them."

Veterans took part in a Remembrance service in Milngavie
Veterans took part in a Remembrance service in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire

In London King Charles led the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph.

The events honour the contribution of military and civilian servicemen and women in World Wars One and Two, and other conflicts.

On Saturday a service was held at the Garden of Remembrance in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh.

A period of silence ended with a single gun salute fired from Edinburgh Castle.

Meanwhile, seven people were arrested at pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Scotland on Armistice Day.

Largely peaceful marches took place in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Forres and Dumfries.