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HAMPSHIRE has today remembered those who gave their lives for their country.

Hundreds have gathered at ceremonies around the county to pay their respects to the fallen servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts from the First World War through to the ongoing operation in Afghanistan.

At 11am, old and young alike fell silent for two minutes as a mark of respect for the brave men and women through the generations who have died in the line of duty.

Wreaths of traditional bright red poppies were then laid at memorials commemorating their sacrifices, while Royal British Legion standards were lowered as the Last Post rang out in the clear autumn air.

Dignitaries, veterans, politicians and religious leaders led the Remembrance Sunday services, some 94 years to the day after the original Armistice Day marked the end of the bloodshed that scarred Europe in the Great War.

Among the well-attended ceremonies this morning were those held at Southampton's cenotaph in Watt's Park, at Eastleigh's War Memorial in the Leigh Road Recreation Ground, and in Romsey's War Memorial Park.

In Lymington the service paid tribute to Southampton sailor jack Mantle posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross in the Second World War.

Elsewhere, services were also staged in, Totton, Fawley, Netley, Fareham and Botley.

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For more coverage of Hampshire Remembers see tomorrow's Daily Echo