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Royal Legion prepares to plant Saltwell Park poppies

Wooden crosses planted in Saltwell Park in Gateshead, 2015 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Thousands of wooden crosses will be planted at Saltwell Park in Gateshead this weekend, to commemorate the lives of service men and women who died in combat.

To make this year slightly different, they will be planting a cross for every person from the North East who fell during the Battle of The Somme.

They will be planted in a special plot containing 2900 crosses.

Crosses will also be planted to remember those who fell in other conflicts, as the Legion does every year.

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Region pays respect to armed forces fallen

The region paused at 11 o clock this morning (Monday) to remember those who have laid down their lives for their country. The anniversary of the World War One armistice, which happened 95 years ago, was marked with a two minute silence.

People across the North East and North Yorkshire stopped and paid their respects at Cenotaphs at work and in schools. See Julie Harrison's full report here.

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In Pictures: The region's tributes to its war dead

Newcastle City Centre, together with dozens of other North East cities and towns, paused at 11 o clock in honour of those who fell in wars past and present.

The service at Eldon Gardens, Newcastle city centre this morning Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Hundreds joined the short parade on a sunlit November morning Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
A soldier checks his watch as his colleagues and the public bow their heads for 2 minute silence Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
War Veterans at today's silence in Newcastle Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Serving service people joined war veterans to honour their fallen colleagues Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Meanwhile in Sunderland, the public was lead by war veterans and serving service people in a moving ceremony.

Sunderland's service at 11 o clock this morning Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The Sunderland service was attended by hundreds who paid their respects Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

North East falls silent to remember our war dead

Thousands in the region wore the symbol of respect for the nation's war dead Credit: ITV News

Thousands of people across the North East have fallen silent to honour those who died in conflicts both past and present. Crowds gathered at Cenotaphs, war memorials or simply paused for 2 minutes at 11 o clock to remember the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

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