Nicola Sturgeon and Boris Johnson have been among those reflecting on the last 12 months and those lost through Covid-19 a year on from the first national lockdown.
The First Minister also paid tribute to everyone who “continues to make heartbreaking sacrifices” on the first National Day of Reflection.
She said: “One year on. Thinking today of all those who have lost a loved one to Covid, and to everyone who continues to make heartbreaking sacrifices as we continue to navigate our way through this terrible ordeal, together.
“Also, many people have lost loved ones to causes other than Covid over the past 12 months. The restrictions in place have made the grieving process even more difficult than it would have been – my thoughts are with you too.”
A minute’s silence is to be held at noon to mark the anniversary in the event organised by Marie Curie.
Prominent buildings and landmarks will be illuminated as part of the day, including the Kelpies, Wallace Monument and Ness Bridge.
And people are being encouraged to stand on their doorsteps with phones, candles and torches at 8pm to signify a “beacon of remembrance”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered his “sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones” and praised the “great spirit” displayed ahead of the nation pausing in remembrance.
“It’s because of every person in this country that lives have been saved, our NHS was protected, and we have started on our cautious road to easing restrictions once and for all,” he said.
In a recorded message for Marie Curie, Prince Charles said: “Whatever our faith or philosophy may be, let us take a moment together to remember those who have been lost, to give thanks for their lives, and to acknowledge the inexpressible pain of parting.”
Ken Macintosh, the Scottish Parliament’s presiding officer, will lead the minute’s silence on the garden lobby steps at Holyrood at 12 noon along with party leaders.
The latest National Records of Scotland figures indicate 9831 deaths were registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, as of March 14.
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