IN PICTURES: Sunderland falls silent for Armistice Day

Tributes paid at the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum.
Tributes paid at the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum.
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Families across Sunderland paid their respects to fallen soldiers with Remembrance events across the region today.

Moments of silence were held at the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum, Burdon Road and Mowbray Park as the rest country fell silent too in memory of those killed in conflicts.

Two minutes of silence at the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum.

Two minutes of silence at the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum.

The museum event was organised by John Davies, a motor vehicle lecturer at Sunderland College, who was a corporal in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

He was based at Catterick Garrison, served in Northern Ireland, Iraq and completed two tours of Afghanistan in Helmand Province before retiring after 12 years of service.

A number of students, a selection of college representatives and former servicemen who now work at the college joined him at the service, which was also attended by Coun John Kelly, of Sunderland City Council, members of the city's Royal British Legion branch and local regimental associations.

Elsewhere in the UK, schools, offices and churches up and down the country took part in the silence at 11am, marking the time when Allied Forces declared an end to fighting with Germany 97 years ago.

Students from Sunderland College join in with two minutes of silence at the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum.

Students from Sunderland College join in with two minutes of silence at the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum.

Veterans and their families joined members of the military at The Cenotaph at Whitehall to pay their respects to those killed in conflicts since the beginning of the First World War.

At this ceremony, singer Cerys Matthews read an extract from The Times newspaper from October 1915 about the deaths of 41 only-sons in battle.

Later today, 19 British veterans will be presented with the Legion d'honneur, France's highest distinction, for their role in liberating France during the Second World War.

Helen Hill from The Royal British Legion said: "The Two Minute Silence is a rare moment for the nation to stand together and reflect upon the human cost of conflict.

Students from Sunderland College join in with two minutes of silence at the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum.

Students from Sunderland College join in with two minutes of silence at the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum.

"It's vital that people of all ages understand the importance of remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending the freedoms we enjoy today."

Falling silent at the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum.

Falling silent at the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum.

Paying respects at the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum.

Paying respects at the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum.

Armistice Day at the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum.

Armistice Day at the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum.

Tributes paid at 11am at the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum.

Tributes paid at 11am at the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum.