Aberdeenshire veterans urged to tell their story

Scotland’s biggest veterans’ charity is launching a new campaign calling on Ex Servicemen and women in Aberdeenshire and across Scotland, to share their stories whether they left military service yesterday or 50 years ago.

The Royal British Legion Scotland is launching Voices of Veterans to help commemorate veterans who served in World War One in the countdown to the centenary.

The campaign will also pay tribute to brave veterans of all ages that have served in conflicts past and present.

The Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP the First Minister of Scotland is also backing the campaign, after he announced a special programme of World War One commemorations for Scotland at the Royal British Legion Scotland’s annual conference.

The Royal British Legion Scotland plays a lead role in Remembrance in Scotland. Members work with schools and young people, support other veterans’ charities to fundraise for veterans’ causes including the Scottish Poppy Appeal and help to organise a year round calendar of Remembrance events.

As the anniversary of World War One approaches and growing numbers are tracing their family history, Royal British Legion Scotland hopes veterans and their families in Aberdeenshire will take part in the campaign to help preserve stories passed down through generations.

First Minister Alex Salmond said: “The year 2014 will mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

“It’s fantastic to see the biggest veteran’s charity in Scotland launch the Voices of Veteran’s campaign to give people in Scotland a chance to learn about the people who have served in that conflict and wars since then.”

The Royal British Legion Scotland was formed at the end of the First World War after ex-servicemen returned to a land allegedly ‘fit for heroes to live in’.