HEROES were remembered at a special service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.
The newly-refurbished war memorial and garden in Washington Village were blessed by the Bishop of Jarrow, the Right Revd Mark Bryant, yesterday, on the eve of the anniversary.
The service was organised by the Washington branch of the Royal British Legion and attended by councillors, ex-service personnel, and their families.
One of the tributes of remembrance was laid by Second World War veteran Bob Douglas, 89, and James Hurst, seven, both of Washington.
Bob said: “I was in the 6th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers and went to Normandy nine days after the D-Day landings.
“Then, as today, we were doing our bit for the youth of the future and it was a privilege to stand alongside young James at this rededication and on the eve of the WW1 centenary of the outbreak of war.”
Great Britain declared war on Germany on August 4, 1914.
A service was due to be held at Sunderland Minster at 10am today to remember those who fell in the conflict.