First Minister announces restoration fund

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FIRST MINISTER Alex Salmond unveiled a new restoration fund for local war memorials on Monday, in a special ceremony in Fyvie.

The FM, who is also the area’s MSP, said that war memorials across the north-east would benefit from the £1 million fund, which is being set up in recognition of the upcoming centenary of the start of World War I in 1914.

Mr Salmond said: “The events in 2014 to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War will not be a celebration, but a commemoration of the servicemen and women who paid the ultimate price in defence of our country. Scotland’s war memorials – from the magnificent to the more modest – pay tribute to those fallen and will be an important part of the commemorations in communities the length and breadth of Scotland during 2014.

“The Fyvie memorial is maintained beautifully, but there are some in Scotland in need of upgrade to get them up to standard for the commemorations. That is why I am delighted to announce the launch of the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund, which will offer grants to those who care for these important monuments for works to be carried out. Each memorial in Scotland reminds us of the sacrifice made by those who died during the World Wars and other conflicts. They remind us that we never forget the sacrifice made by those who fell.”