Region's poppy appeal

The Royal British legion has launched this year's poppy appeal.

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County Durham veterans create memorial garden

The new armed forces memorial garden in Sedgefield. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Armed forces veterans in a town in County Durham have created a memorial garden for soldiers who have died in Afghanistan.

The garden has been made ahead of Remembrance Day by the Sedgefield Village Veterans. Each soldier is remembered with a cross that bears their name, a photograph and a poppy.

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Report: Soldier's family helped by Poppy Appeal

As Remembrance Day approaches, here is an example of how the Poppy Appeal helped one soldier's family, after he lost his life in Afghanistan.

Jon Mckinlay, from Darlington, was serving with the 1st Battalion The Rifles when he was shot and killed in September 2011, while out on patrol.

His widow Lisa is backing this year's appeal, after experiencing the support of the British Legion.

Amy Welch reports.

Remembering those who have died for their country

A Field of Remembrance has opened on Tyneside, to remember service men and women who have given their lives.

The Field was dedicated in a ceremony this morning, at Saltwell Park in Gateshead. Thousands of crosses have already been planted in remembrance of those who have died.

Over the next fortnight, people are being invited to add their own memorial cross at the site.

Retired Colonel Andrew Drake from the Royal British Legion explains:

Field of Remembrance opens in Gateshead

A Field of Remembrance has opened in Gateshead this morning, to commemorate those who have died in the service of the country.

The Field, in Saltwell Park, was first opened in 2012.

12,000 remembrance crosses have already been planted by the relatives and friends of those who have lost their lives in conflicts over the generations. The Field will be open for the next two weeks to allow others to add their own crosses.

The Field was opened at 11:00am and was marked with a two minute silence.

The Field of Remembrance in Saltwell Park Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

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Full report: Families create Field of Remembrance

Families and friends of fallen soldiers gathered in Gateshead today, November 1, to plant thousands of wooden crosses at Saltwell Park.

They were joined by volunteers and members of the Royal British Legion and spent hours working on the north's only field of remembrance.

A ceremony and a two-minute silence will take place tomorrow - the public are invited to attend. Today, volunteers took time to place the crosses, read the messages and remember.

Rachel Sweeney reports.

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