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On Remembrance Day NTS and I set out for Edinburgh Castle for the first of many trips. Despite our Historic Scotland passes, NTS had waited stoically for a day when I was free to join him.

Knowing we would be back–and having taken many, many pictures on my last tour through, in 2007–I kept the camera in my bag most of the day. This turned out to be for the best, as I had just enough battery to get a few shots where it really counted.

The army ‘encampment’

The re-enactors. The Gordon Highlanders, dedicated to portraying the life of the 92nd Highland Regiment during WWI, were out in force.

As I was nursing a cold, I tried to stay indoors as much as possible. The Scottish War Memorial was the most touching and sad part of the day. It had just been cleared from the morning’s ceremony, and the nave was filled with poppy-wreaths representing the dead of different units and conflicts.

Most heartbreaking of all, though, the monument was originally constructed in 1927, a testament to the bravery and the fallen of the Great War. Little did they know, then. But at least those who are gone will not be forgotten.

I pointed out to NTS that they were recruiting, but he seemed unenthusiastic.

More pictures can be found here.