Nairn has a long and distinguished history with the armed forces. As well as being situated close to various bases, such as Fort George, Kinloss and Lossiemouth, the beaches were used as practice grounds for the Normandy D-day landings which marked the beginning of the end of the 2nd World War. Many people from all over the country and indeed the world have settled in Nairn due to their connection to the armed forces, and the Royal British Legion in Nairn celebrated its Centenary last year.
The Legion provides practical, emotional and financial support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present, and their families. They actively campaign to improve their lives and safeguard the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces. They have a welcoming facility in the town, host frequent events and always welcome new members.
Nairn and District War Memorial was named the best kept memorial in Scotland at Legion Scotland’s 40th annual awards ceremony in Edinburgh in September 2022.
On Sunday 13th November:
Plans for Nairn’s Remembrance Day have been revealed, including that Nairn Pipe Band will be making a welcome return to lead the morning parade from the Nairn Royal British Legion club to St Ninian’s Church. This will start at 9am.
Those on parade will include legion members, forces’ veterans and youth organisations.
During the 9.30am service in St Ninians, all 428 names on the war memorial will be read out.
Following the service there will be a march to the War Memorial with an address by Lord Lieutenant of Nairn-shire George Asher at about 10.45am.
At 11am there will be the Act of Remembrance with two minutes silence followed by wreath laying.
The march past the steps of Nairn Legion will be led by Nairn Pipe Band with the Lord Lieutenant taking the salute.