Throughout the First World War our troops fearlessly played their part, but nowhere was their sacrifice greater than on the battlefields of Arras.
On Tuesday 16th May 2017, Poppyscotland held a poignant event to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Arras. At precisely 11am a cascade of 46,000 poppy petals was released from atop The National Wallace Monument in Stirling as a moving tribute to the 46,000 Scots who fell or were injured in the conflict.
Veterans, serving military, local schoolchildren, the press and the general public gathered together at this iconic Scottish location to witness the moving spectacle as thousands of poppies gently fluttered to earth whilst holding a minute’s silence in memory of the fallen. You can watch our video by clicking here.
As well as honouring the Scots who laid down their lives, it was a moment to remember all the families for whom the poppy is a symbol of hope today.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made it such an unforgettable day and to the thousands of supporters who made a donation and added a petal to our Arras cascade. Together you raised an incredible £40,000. Thank you.