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War dead honoured in ceremonies
Poppies were placed in Trafalgar Square to mark Armistice Day
Remembrance Day services have been held across Northern Ireland in honour of those who died in two world wars and other conflicts.

Belfast's SDLP lord mayor Pat McCarthy led the city's service at the cenotaph. A two-minute silence was held.

Northern Ireland Office minister Maria Eagle and US Consul Dean Pittman also attended the City Hall ceremony.

Meanwhile, Archbishop Robin Eames addressed a Royal Irish Regiment ceremony at Fort George in Scotland.

Families of Northern Ireland soldiers injured in Afghanistan were in attendance.

Belfast man Billy Meharg, whose brother, Lawrence, 16, was a merchant seaman during World War 2 and was killed in action, was among those paying his respects.

"He was killed on his first voyage," he said.

Irene McKee brought her four young grandchildren to the ceremony.

She said: "I think we have to remember and hope that there's going to be no more wars.

"If we don't bring the children down, then how are they going to remember?"

In London, the Royal Family, leading politicians and former servicemen and women have been taking part in the annual service of remembrance at the cenotaph.

British troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have also been marking the day with their own ceremonies.

Iraq hostilities

On Saturday, a two-minute silence and various events across the UK marked Armistice Day, the anniversary of the official end of World War I on 11 November 1918.

More than one million men and women from Britain and the Commonwealth died in World War I of 1914 to 1918, and nearly 500,000 in World War II of 1939 to 1945.

The number of British service personnel who have died in Iraq since the start of hostilities in 2003 stands at 121.

Since 2001, 41 British Forces personnel have died while serving in Afghanistan.


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