Mona Thomson of Dumfries who was brought up in Port William was honoured to be asked to lay a wreathe at the war memorial in Haddington on Rememberance Sunday 8th November 2015.
Mona’s daughter Alexandra who lives in Trannent has been researching the ‘Cowan’ family who originated in East Lothian. Through the site Old Haddington Alexandra made contact with John Hamilton who runs the site. Through conversation she told John that her greatgrand father had died on the 5th November 1915 and was buried on the 8th November 1915. John spoke to the Community Council and wondered if they would approve Mona laying a wreathe at the Armistice celebrations. The Council agreed as did Mona.
The parade left from the Corn Exchange in Haddington and was lead by the Haddington pipe band. The first tune was Bonny Galloway - very appropriate for Mona and brought a tear to her eye. This was followed by A Scottish Soldier and there after a medley of Scottish aires.
The parade arrived at St Marys church, know as the Lamp of Lothian, and here was the wreathe laying ceremony. Mona was the last of the dignitaries to lay a wreathe.
Everyone processed onto St Marys and her the minister gave a wonderfully moving sermon. Mona’s grandfather was mentioned saying that the service was in honour of David Cowan. In the minute’s silence the poppies cascaded fron the ceiling. So poignant and beautiful!
After the service Mona layed a wreathe at the family grave.
St Marys is a very beautiful church with the longest nave in the country. It has a long and varied history and is well worth a visit.