Armistice Day 2017: Thousands of Brits stop to remember fallen war heroes

THOUSANDS of Britons stopped to remember the sacrifices of our fallen war heroes yesterday – with a poignant two-minute silence.

Armistice Day tributes were staged across the country at 11am in honour of those who gave their lives while fighting for freedom.

Among them was Second World War veteran Les Cherrington, 99, born in Shifnal, Shropshire, who still thinks about his fallen friends.

The former postman and Ministry of Defence police officer said: “I remember their young faces every day.

"I think more of my mates and their families, than I do myself.”

Les, who was at The National Memorial Arboretum, near Lichfield, Staffs, yesterday, nearly died when his tank took a hit during the North Africa campaign in 1943, before he was then shot three times in the back by German gunfire.

Armistice Day traditionally marks the end of WWI when Germany and the allied forces signed the armistice in 1918, signalling the end of hostilities on the Western Front.