Images of the 20 servicemen and women from Merseyside killed during recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have been shown on a giant screen.
The faces of the fallen appeared on the screen in Lime Street in Liverpool city centre during the two-minute silence at 1100 GMT.
Cpl Simon Boote, Marine Michael Laski and Cpl Sarah Bryant are among those who lost their lives.
More than 340 UK forces personnel have died in Afghanistan since 2001.
The Lord Mayor Councillor Hazel Williams attended the service.
"It's a personal tribute to our local men and women - to all my fellow Liverpudlians wear your poppy with pride and show your support in remembrance for those who lost their lives in battle," she said.
"Things have changed while honouring the memory of those who lost their lives in world wars we have young families who are attending the service because of course they've lost their loved ones in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"Liverpool's remembrance service to me and to a lot of people is always a special and poignant service, but this year I think it's especially poignant."
The Royal British Legion has made the theme of this year's Poppy Appeal the "Afghan generation" of the armed forces and their families.
A British Legion spokesman said demand for poppies had been so great that it had had to dip into next year's supply.
The Queen led the nation in commemorating the sacrifices made by Britain's armed forces at the main Remembrance Sunday ceremony in London's Whitehall.