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Stirling Veterans Day 2008

Saturday 12 July

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1/ Veterans March
2/ Parachute Display & Entertainment
3/ Military Display

 

Veterans March

  

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The city of Stirling, in Scotland, UK, hosted its Veterans Day Parade with a march from Stirling Castle through the town centre to Kings Park, under the gaze of Stirling Castle.

The parade was led by the Pipers' Trail Band. Many campaign medals and cap badges were on display, most notably the local regiment, The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, now 5th Battalion in the new Royal Regiment of Scotland. www.royalregimentofscotland.org.uk/battalions.php

The Parachute Regiment was well represented with Veterans from Central and Stirling Branches of the PRA Parachute Regimental association). www.theparas.co.uk/branches.html
The Territorial Army celebrated their 100th Anniversary, so we had lots of TA from 51 (Scottish) Brigade. Watch out for some old WW2 military vehicles. www.ta100.co.uk/

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Parachute Display & Entertainment

  

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4 minutes


 

The Golden Lions, Scotland’s only professional parachute display team, two of whom trailed a huge Saltire Scottish Flag, dropped in for a visit and despite gusting winds, managed to drop on target and were presented with a medal or two. http://www.goldenlions.org.uk/

The Band of the Piper's Trail, stopped off at Stirling, on its way across Scotland on a 470 mile journey from Lerwick to Edinburgh. http://www.thepiperstrail.com/

A ceilidh band provided some great music as people enjoyed the various attractions such as Highland Dancers, Royal Engineer’s equipment, a Central Scotland fire engine, a Green Goddess fire engine and a chance for spectators to get in the basket of a hot air balloon with an occasional blast from the propane burners. There was however no actual balloon attached.

 

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Military Display

  

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7 minutes


 

This was the 100th anniversary of the TA (UK Territorial Army) and soldiers from 51 (Scottish) Brigade provided us with a magnificent demonstration of a Section Attack with small arms, mortar and artillery, supported by Bridging Equipment. The military ambulance was inevitably there. www.ta100.co.uk/

51 Brigade has been whittled down from the original 51st Highland Division of World War Two and World War One -- The Great War. www2.army.mod.uk/51bde/index.htm

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