WATCH: Hartlepool falls silent for Armistice Day

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Families across Hartlepool paid their respects to fallen soldiers with Remembrance events across the region today.

Moments of silence were held in Victory Square, at the war memorial, and at Middleton Grange shopping centre as the rest country fell silent too in memory of those killed in conflicts.

Paying respects in Victory Square.

Paying respects in Victory Square.

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.

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

At the Whitehall 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.

Armistice Day in Victory Square.

Armistice Day in Victory Square.

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.

"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."

Children observe the Armistice Day silence at Victory Square.

Children observe the Armistice Day silence at Victory Square.

Victory Square, Hartlepool.

Victory Square, Hartlepool.

Victory Square, Hartlepool.

Victory Square, Hartlepool.

Paying respects at Middleton Grange.

Paying respects at Middleton Grange.

Armistice Day in Hartlepool.

Armistice Day in Hartlepool.