The High School of Dundee's Armistice Parade 2022

The School has held its traditional Armistice Parade and Service to mark Remembrance.

High School of Dundee Armistice Parade 2022

In tribute to the fallen, including all those from the High School community who have died in armed conflicts past and present, the School’s Combined Cadet Force and Pipe Band completed a parade in front of the school.

The event, which was watched by pupils, staff, parents, members of the public and guests, was led by CCF Contingent Commander Major Graham Rodger, with Rector Lise Hudson giving a reading from a poem by Sue Gilmurray: Teach me the Way of Peace.

A wreath was placed on the School’s War Memorial by Heads of School, Ollie Hall and Jan van der Kuyl, assisted by Junior Years pupils Daniel Stewart and Catherine Lauchlan.

In a moment in the proceedings that is always particularly poignant, Flowers o’ the Forest was played by Pupil Pipe Major Alastair Leonard, before a two-minute silence was observed.

To allow those who couldn’t be present to be part of the occasion, the parade was also streamed live on social media. You can watch the video below (please rotate your device if watching on a phone):

Rector Lise Hudson said, “Our annual Remembrance Parade is always a very moving occasion, allowing us to pause, remember and pay tribute to those who have lost their lives in all conflicts.

“Bringing people together to reflect on the sacrifices made in past and current conflicts, Remembrance provides a salutary reminder of the importance of working for peace.”   

During Remembrance week, the School has been selling poppies to raise money for the Scottish Poppy Appeal, and a sale of donuts straight after the Parade raised further funds for the charity.

To further mark Remembrance, until Sunday the school Pillars are being lit red in the evenings.

You can see more images from the Parade here.