The RHF Museum Heritage Appeal received a very welcome donation of £660 collected at the VE (Victory in Europe) Day Service & Parade at the Veterans’ Monument at Knightswood Cross, Glasgow, on Saturday 9 May 2015.
The day began with a service in St Margaret’s Church, followed by a short commemoration and wreath-laying by local dignitaries at the Monument.
The Milngavie & District Pipe Band led the Parade down the Great Western Road; however, the Veterans were led by a very special guest, Cruachan III. Until his retirement, Cruachan III, was the Shetland pony mascot of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, when his successor, Cruachan IV, became the official mascot. However, Cruachan III now attends Veterans’ event and proudly wears his own embroidered Veterans badge on his blanket.
And duty done, like most human Veterans, Cruachan III enjoys a pint!
The Veterans’ Monument was unveiled by the Lord Provost of Glasgow in 2010 and is unique in that it stands “in tribute to all those Glasgow Veterans past, present and future, who have served our country in the three Armed Services and the Merchant Navy.” The funds for to build the monument were collected by Glasgow Veterans led by the Central Scotland (Glasgow) Branch Parachute Regimental Association. Annual Services & Parades are held at the Monument to commemorate VE (Victory in Europe) and VJ (Victory in Japan) Days.
The RHF Museum Appeal is extremely grateful to the very generous donation from the Veterans of Glasgow.