Nicola Sturgeon has said the public should be inspired by the Second World War generation on the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
The First Minister paid tribute to those who died in conflict or as civilians and called for the country to remember them.
She said the public should draw inspiration from the “idealism” of that period and work towards a better future.
Ms Sturgeon said: “On this 75th anniversary of VE Day, Scotland pays tribute to our World War Two generation.
“We remember those who paid the ultimate price during the conflict, including the many innocent civilians on all sides.
“We also reflect on those who contributed to the war effort on the home front – and the enormous sacrifices they made.
“We should be inspired by that generation’s bravery, and also by their idealism and their determination, following the war, to build a better country and indeed a better world.”
Secretary of State for Scotland Alister Jack went a stage further and drew comparisons with the wartime generation’s struggle with that of dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.
He too called on the public to draw inspiration from their “bravery and fortitude”.
Mr Jack said: “Today, all our thoughts turn to the sacrifice made by so many 75 years ago.
“By VE Day, Scotland and the rest of the UK had lived through more than six years of global conflict.
“But those years of courage, pain and loss secured the freedoms and way of life we enjoy today, and it is right that we take time to honour those who served.
“We are all currently living through difficult times, but we will get through this.
“Now, more than ever, we can all learn from the bravery and fortitude of the wartime generation.”
Meanwhile, a revised programme of events in Scotland has been put together by charities, the Scottish Government, armed forces and media to mark VE Day during lockdown.
This includes households across the country being encouraged to celebrate the milestone day at virtual parties, which have been organised by Poppyscotland.
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