A war memorial in Carmyllie has won a prestigious award from a national veterans’ charity.
The Greystone, Carmyllie War Memorial, was praised by Legion Scotland as the best kept war memorial in its category of ‘Best Satellite War Memorial With Gardens’.
Every year Legion Scotland runs a Best Kept War Memorial competition across the whole of Scotland as part of its role as guardians of remembrance in Scotland.
The competition which has run for the last 40 years, has seven categories, covering the different types of war memorial that are important social and historical landmarks of so many of Scotland’s towns and villages.
The aim of the competition is to encourage awareness of war memorials and a continued high standard of maintenance by local authorities.
Legion Scotland praised the dedicated volunteers from the Carnoustie branch and called on other communities to work together and preserve their war memorial heritage.
Kirsty MacDonald, committee member of the Carnoustie Legion Scotland branch said: “We’re delighted to win the award, it represents a good deal of effort on the part of ourselves and Angus Council.
“We were particularly pleased that they were able to improve the drainage around the site, so our flowers are no longer washed away, and it helps keep the monument free of algae. It is a prominent local landmark and an important part of the landscape in Carmyllie.”
Kevin Gray, chief executive officer of Legion Scotland added: “There was a high standard of entries this year. We are very pleased that Carmyllie has won the ‘Best Satellite War Memorial With Gardens’ category of the Best Kept War Memorial competition beating off stiff competition from around Scotland.
“We look forward to a continued high standard of maintenance of war memorials over the coming years.
“As 2014 is the centenary of the start of World War One we feel that this year’s competition is particularly poignant as the vast majority of names on war memorials are from the First World War.”
Legion Scotland is benefitting so many of the Scottish ex-service community, whether they left service yesterday or fifty years ago. The charity is providing grants for veterans in need, running a national wellbeing and befriending programme and managing a variety of comradeship events.
Legion Scotland is also the leading charity for remembrance in Scotland. Through the branches and clubs around Scotland the charity hosts remembrance parades in November. The charity is also working with young people to encourage them to learn about the importance of remembrance through an annual primary school war memorial competition.
Trophies for the competition were awarded on Wednesday evening by Sir Alistair Irwin, Legion Scotland national chairman at Legion Scotland head office.