For immediate release: Thursday, November 26, 2015
ALEX SALMOND WELCOMES VETERANS AND SERVING PERSONNEL TO HOLYROOD
CENTENARY MEMORIALS RESTORATION FUND CELEBRATED IN SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT
Following his attendance at today's business in the Scottish Parliament, Alex Salmond will welcome veterans and serving armed forces personnel to the Scottish Parliament to mark the achievements of the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund (CMRF). The fund, which was launched by the former First Minister in January 2013 is making £1 million available to communities to help repair and conserve their war memorials.
The event will also serve to highlight the fund to local communities across Scotland in the hope that more memorials can be restored. This forms a core part of the SNP Government's commemorations of the centenary of the First World War.
Commenting, Alex Salmond said:
“I was delighted as First Minister to launch the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund. It is important that communities all over Scotland have the ability to renovate their memorials.
“It is great that so many have responded to date and I look forward to seeing even more communities sign up in future.
“The greatest achievement of this scheme is that so many more memorials around Scotland are now in a condition that we would expect to respectfully commemorate the centenary of the sacrifice of those who fell in the Great War and conflicts thereafter.”
Director of War Memorials Trust, Frances Moreton added:
“War Memorials Trust is delighted to have seen so much interest in the repair and conservation of war memorials in Scotland.
“We know there are many more projects which could benefit from support and we encourage custodians across Scotland to get in touch to ensure the war memorials remembering the fallen of their local communities are fit for the centenary events and services which will culminate on 11th November 2018.”