With Remembrance Day Parades this Sunday and Armistice Day next Tuesday we focus on our Military Tartans this week.
Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.
Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who died in the line of duty.
The survival of tartan in the 18th century was due in great part to its adoption by the newly raised Highland Regiments of the British Army - an adoption which paved the way for today's unique clan tartans.
Many Military Regiments will also have a pipe band who will wear tartan as a predominant part of their band uniform. Within the Royal Regiment of Scotland not only do the Regimental band wear tartan, but every solider wears a small patch of tartan on their headdress, as well as wearing kilts or trews as part of their ceremonial uniform.
Our Military tartans include Royal Canadian Air Force, Leathernecks US Marine Corps Modern,Black Watch Modern as well as our very popular Help for Heroes Tartan.
Help for Heroes
(H4H) is a British charity that launched on 1 October 2007 to help provide better facilities for British servicemen and women who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty. It was founded by Bryn Parry OBE and his wife Emma Parry OBE after they visited soldiers at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham.
The Help for Heroes charity tartan was designed and is manufactured here in the Scottish Borders. The tartan takes the recognised colours of the British Armed Forces including navy blue for the Royal Navy, the lighter blue of Royal Air Force and red for the Army. The result is a really striking tartan which works well for clothing and accessories as well as interiors products. The inspiration behind the tartan is two former soldiers George Neil from Glasgow, and Bill McGregor from Dundee, who both served with 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland before leaving the Army