Battle of Arras Commemoration
8th May 2017
Arras Petal Cascade at The National Wallace Monument
Tuesday 16th May 2017
On Tuesday 16thÂ MayÂ Poppyscotland will be marking the centenary of the Battle of Arras in World War I, when there were 46,000 Scottish casualties.
Shortly before 11:00am, a brief commemorative service will be held at the front of The National Wallace Monument, followed by a two minute silence and concluding with a cascade of 46,000 poppy petals falling from the Crown.
The sight of thousands of petals falling gently to earth will be a fitting way to mark the centenary of the Battle of Arras. Each petal will represent a Scottish soldier who was wounded or who lost their life in the conflict. Visitors are welcome to attend the commemoration, and for those not wishing to join in we would ask that you act with consideration for those who do wish to observe the silence.
The Battle of Arras began on the 9th April 1917 and lasted until 16th May. During the 39 day battle there were 159,000 British Army casualties, almost a third of which were Scottish.
The National Wallace Monument will be open as normal to visitors from 9:30am untilÂ 5:00pm.Â The Courtesy Bus Service from the Car Park to the Monument will not be available between 10:45am and 11:15am.
Poppyscotland provides life-changing support to the Armed Forces community. Money raised from the Scottish Poppy Appeal and Poppyscotlandâ€™s year-round fundraising enables them to deliver support to members of the Armed Forces community in Scotland by providing tailored funding and assistance. The charity also funds services in advice, employment, housing, mental health, mobility and respite.
More information on this poignant spectacle can be found on the Poppyscotland website.
If you would like more information on the Arras Petal Cascade atÂ The National Wallace Monument, or if you have any questions, then we would really like to hear from you.Â Please contact us at:
The National Wallace Monument, Abbey Craig, Hillfoots Road, Causewayhead,Â Stirling, FK9 5LF