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Every year in June the UK celebrates Armed Forces Day. For the Edinburgh Branch this year, their event was certainly one to remember as it was the occasion for the dedication of their new standard.

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Their old one had seen many years of honourable service but was certainly showing the effects of time and a new one was arranged through the RAMC Charity, as one its core functions of maintaining the esprit de corps of the RAMC. Taking possession of a new standard is an important event for any unit or Association Branch and the day was a perfect blend of ceremony together with everyone enjoying themselves in a friendly environment.

The ceremony and dedication took place at Livingston, West Lothian, in front of the townspeople people who had gathered for the Armed Forces’ Day’s celebrations. The dedication and thanksgiving payers were conducted by The Reverend Nigel Anderson and the new standard was unfurled by Major (Retd) John Richardson, Chairman of the Edinburgh Branch and Brigadier (Retd) Barry Smith, the Association Chairman. The local Council have been particularly forward thinking in their implementation of the Armed Forces’ Covenant and the support for the Armed Forces throughout the town was very evident.

The RAMC Association

William Boog LeishmanIn 1925, the RAMC Association was formed to further the camaraderie of WW1 Corps veterans with Sir William Leishman being the first President. There are now some 28 branches around UK with a predominantly veteran membership although most serving Corps members also are members centrally. The Association has traditionally been supported by Corps Funds and especially for the expenses of the branch standards and standard bearers.