Scottish flag targeted at War Memorial

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A councillor who spent 34 years in the Armed Services has condemned what he described as “the vandalism of the Shieldhill War Memorial” after the flagpole holding the Saltire was deliberately lowered.

Coming on the same day that former Tory Secretary of State for Scotland, Ian Lang, provoked outrage with his claim that a Yes vote would dishonour the Scottish War Dead, politically motivated vandals have damaged a war memorial in Shieldhill.

Overnight a section of one of the twin flagpoles that flank the memorial was deliberately lowered.  The act left the Scottish Saltire significantly reduced in both height and status.

Councillor Sandy Turner, who he represents Bo’ness within Falkirk Council, said: “Any attempt to score political points by defacing a war memorial is just not acceptable and insults the memories of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

“Service personnel are no different from any other section of the Scottish community in that they hold a range of political views and to seek to bundle them together under one political philosophy or stance is insulting.

“What is also rather sad is the lack of respect shown towards the Scottish National Flag, the Cross of St Andrew by the perpetrators of this politically motivated vandalism.”

Calling for an end to acts which seek to politicise the war dead, which he said was harming the independence debate, Cllr Turner added:

“The concentration on symbolism and attempt to stir up emotions based on the past is depressing.

“What they should be addressing is why many local families have to rely on food banks.  Why in Europe’s oil capital local pensioners can’t afford to turn their heating up or why they want to live in the fourth most uneven society in the developed world.”