Sunday, 14 June 2009

Low attendence at Armed Forces Day event in Kirkcaldy

The small number of peope who attended Scotland's first Armed Forces Day event in Kirkcaldy, Fife is as surprising as it is disappointing - surprising because the Scots have always been held to be fiercely proud of their regiments and disappointing because it shows just how wide the gulf may actually be between the people and their Armed Forces.

Around 200 service personnel - soldiers from 7 Scots and their Pipes and Drums, sailors from HMS Caledonia and veterans - took part in a one hour march through Kirkcaldy in Fife on Saturday but less that 50 people turned out to watch them.

The event in Kirkcaldy is just one of many being held across the UK between now and Armed Forces Day itself on June 27th. These events are intended to "reconnect" the Armed Forces with the communities they serve and to celebrate and honour the contribution Forces personnel make to their country.

Someone commented that the event in Kirkcaldy had been poorly advertised; lets hope that's the case otherwise it doesn't bode well for the project.

Sunday Herald: Another soldier dead, but still the military can’t win hearts and minds of British public
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