THE COUNTY was silent today at church services throughout Oxfordshire to remember the sacrifice brought by thousands of soldiers who lost their lives in conflict.

The haunting sound of a trumpeter performing The Last Post sounded at Oxford to mark the beginning of the homage to the fallen in St. Giles.

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Hundreds lined the road on both sides as military regiments, emergency services, cadet groups and scouts and brownie troops marched to the war memorial, where a service was held at 11 am in the run-up to the two-minute silence.

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Representatives of various faith groups read their own homages, followed by hymns and the traditional wreath laid down by the congregation.

Among the spectators was Stella Boswell, who said she came every year for personal reasons because she was a prisoner of war during the Second World War as a child in the Philippines.

The 81-year-old said, "I remember when the American troops came to liberate us when I was seven years old and just had a birthday wish."

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She added, "It's so important that we repeat the same mistakes if you do not remember."

Mrs. Boswell said for her that it was about remembering without bitterness what had happened, and she was glad that so many people came together for this year's service.

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Poppy Seeker Jeanne Luste-Manning, who volunteers for the 22nd Oxford Sea Scouts, said, "People were really generous, as they always were.

"We were lucky with the weather, but it's great to see so many people here, especially younger ones."

The resident of Littlemore has been involved with the Cadets for 21 years and was also a member of the Territorial Army.