Westcountry remembers its war dead in moving ceremonies across region
Crowns of crimson adorn war memorials across the Westcountry this morning following yesterday's poppy wreath-laying ceremonies.
Thousands turned out for Remembrance Sunday to pay tribute to the men and women who gave their lives on the front line in our name.
Immaculately-dressed veterans with medals glinting stood proudly for their fallen comrades.
Slowly heads bowed as the two-minute silence began at 11am and a hush fell over gatherings in cities, towns and villages.
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Plymouth, Exeter and Truro held memorial ceremonies along with hundreds of towns and villages, including Liskeard, Launceston, Bude, Stratton and Torpoint.
Further afield, in Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, a service was held in the town synonymous with the repatriation of those killed in Afghanistan.
Many fallen heroes from the Westcountry made their final journey home via the town in hearses carrying coffins draped in the red, white and blue they fought under, until the repatriation of British service personnel was transferred from RAF Lyneham to RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire.
At HMS Raleigh, Torpoint, military personnel yesterday came together at the graves of 44 sailors and 21 Royal Engineers killed during the Second World War. Some 500 members of the ship's company and trainees marched to Horson cemetery where those who perished are buried in war graves. They were killed when a German bomb hit an air-raid shelter on the base in 1941.
Captain Bob Fancy, Commanding Officer said: "Remembering those who have given their lives while serving their country is an important thing to do and I was really honoured to be chosen to lay a wreath."
Also at Torpoint, motorcyclists from the Royal British Legion Riders Branch turned out in their leathers and medals to pay their respects.
Originally an ex-services motorcycle club, the group was formally recognised by the Legion in 2005 and every year raises thousands for the Poppy Appeal.
The streets in Tavistock, saw veterans with their heads held high marching in the town to applause and in the nearby village of Lydford, villagers remembered 23 names carved into their war memorial.
Made from Dartmoor granite, the memorial demonstrates the great sacrifice this small community has made. Alongside those lost in two world wars, the memorial also bears names from the Falklands and Iraq conflicts.
In the Devon village of Dolton, bell ringers rang the church bells for half and hour to call villagers to the war memorial, where a service was held.
Remembrance weekend was marked on Saturday with the Military Wives Choir singing at a concert at Redruth Rugby Club.