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Country falls silent to mark World War One armistice

People across the Forth Valley and the rest of the UK fell silent at 11am to mark the World War One armistice.

A two-minute silence was observed to mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, when the hostilities formally ended.

People have also been paying their respects to the bravery of the country’s servicemen and women.

Maggie Brown, from Falkirk Veterans, said: “It is extremely important to remember the history of the past, for all the men and the women who have fought for this country and for what we have today.

“These men and women gave us our voice and the freedom we have now.

“We must never forget the mistakes of the past.”

Veterans minister Kieth Brown is due to lay a wreath at Puller Memorial Park, Bridge of Allan, on behalf of the people of Scotland on Remembrance Sunday.

He said: “We have a responsibility to learn from the lessons of the past, and Remembrance Sunday should be a solemn, dignified occasion when we commit ourselves to ensuring that our own and future generations are spared the horrors of war.

“A century on from the devastation of the First World War, which left barely a community or single family untouched by tragedy and loss, it remains as important as ever that we come together across Scotland to commemorate those lost in all conflicts, past and present.”

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