Region remembers fallen war heroes

THE region came to a standstill today as thousands of people gathered to remember fallen war heroes.

THE region fell silent today as thousands of people gathered to remember fallen war heroes.

Many towns and villages held their own Remembrance Sunday services and parades, observing the two minutes' silence at 11am.

The poignant services were also a chance for people to show their support for troops currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and to remember those who have lost their lives in recent conflicts.

Members of the 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment - which lost 15 servicemen during a recent tour of Afghanistan - joined the memorial in Colchester.

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Troops from 23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault) paraded through Woodbridge while members of 4 Army Air Corps, based at Wattisham Airfield, attended a number of services across Suffolk, including at Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, Hadleigh, Needham Market and Aldeburgh.

The Queen led the national celebrations, joining senior royals, Prime Minister Gordon Brown and other political leaders in laying wreaths at the Cenotaph Memorial in Whitehall, central London. The solemn gesture took place in front of thousands of veterans who also gathered to pay their respects at this year's event, which marks the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

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