The blog of Councillor Ewan Aitken, Labour Member for ward 14, Craigentinny/Duddingston, City of Edinburgh Council
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Sunday, 11 November 2007
I wasn’t able to attend the Civic Remembrance Service at St Giles Cathedral because my wife is still not anything like fully fit and so I was on childcare. It meant however that I was able to go to the Remembrance service at my local church for the first time in several years
I was reminded by the faces I saw there that I know only attend on this Sunday every year of just how important it is to have a real and meaningful ritual of remembering every year in each community. I was also reminded that this is a remembering of real people. Its not about armies or militarism or victory or who is wearing a poppy. Its about people, real, flesh and blood people, some of whom died in places they or their families never knew, others who returned and carried the burden of knowing their friends had been left behind. Its also about those who waited (and in some cases are still waiting) back home, in hope and in fear for news that would either lift or sink their hearts.
All 7:15pm -7:45pm and the last Sat. Lochend YWCA, 198 Restalrig Road South 12noon -1pm (no appointment needed, all during school terms)
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I was elected to the City of Edinburgh Council in 1999. After 7 years of being very heavily involved in Education, I was elected Council Leader in August 2006 and from May 2007 until June 2008 was Labour Group leader when I returned to the backbenches
I am ordained in the Church of Scotland but I don't have a parish. Instead I am the Secretary of the Church of Scotland's Church and Society Council.
I am an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Glasgow and an Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh University. I am married with two children, I am a member of the Iona Community and I enjoy sports though mostly as an armchair critic.
I welcome strong opinions strongly expressed, but please don't use this blog if you intend to be abusive or intend to use offensive language. The public conversation that I want to encourage must be based on mutual respect and common courtesy.