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Veterans Day 2014

United States veterans who have served in the armed forces were honored during Veterans Day events yesterday. It coincided with other countries marking Armistice Day or Remembrance day (Poppy Day), when in the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the armistice between the allied nations and Germany in 1918 effectively ended World War I.

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Veterans Day 2014

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  1. US Army Georgia National Guard Staff Sgt. Tracy Smith (right) a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, embraces Korean War veteran Jim Conway, 84, as military service members are asked to sing along to the Armed Services Medley during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Atlanta History Center on Nov. 11 in Atlanta. (David Goldman/Associated Press)

  2. Gold Star wives (from left) Mary McMahon, Marion Dennehy, Mary DeLisle and Maureen Cabral attended the Veterans Day ceremony at the State House in Boston. (David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe)

  3. A man along the parade route holds an American flag as the Veterans Day Parade passes by in Boston on Nov. 11. (Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe)

  4. Hannah Miller, 17, hugs United States Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer Edward Hogue and thanks him for his service following a Veterans Day ceremony yesterday at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville, Wyo. Close to 100 veterans, friends, family and members of the community attended a service paying tribute to those who have served in the armed forces. (Ryan Dorgan/Casper Star-Tribune via Associated Press)

  5. Elaine Selby holds a picture of her father Norman, who served World Word II in the Queens Own Rifles, as a sentry standing guard is seen reflecting in the glass during Remembrance Day ceremonies at Old City Hall in Toronto. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

  6. Magdalena Crews, 70, holds her husband's gravestone before the start of a Veterans Day memorial service at the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Gene Crews, who died in 2009, was a Vietnam vet who was paralyzed while serving in the US Army. (Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal via Associated Press)

  7. US Army soldiers carry a large US flag as they march in the Veterans Day parade on 5th Avenue in New York on Nov. 11. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

  8. Vietnam war veteran Joe Dragon Lozano, retired US Army, salutes during the playing of taps at a Veterans Day ceremony at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower, and honors those who have served in the US military. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

  9. A US war veteran waves as he takes part in a Veterans Day Parade in New York. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

  10. People watch the Remembrance Day ceremonies at Old City Hall in Torono on Nov., 11. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

  11. Thomas Rowland, 17, a member of the Jr. Naval ROTC of Flint Northwestern High School, carefully rolls the American flag after posting the colors for hundreds of students as they pay their respects during a Veterans Day assembly and ceremony at Pierce Elementary School in Flint, Mich. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via Associated Press)

  12. A young girl dressed as a "poilu", a World War I era French soldier, holds a French flag during Armistice Day ceremonies marking the 96th anniversary of the end of WWI, on Nov., 11, in Lyon. (Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images)

  13. Poppies are pinned to a cross at the end of a Remembrance Day ceremony at the Grand Parade in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via Associated Press)

  14. Brigadier Rob Thomson lays a wreath during a ceremony to mark Armistice Day attended by some of the British troops that still remain in Afghanistan at Kandahar airfield in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Like Remembrance Sunday just gone, Armistice Day - which is the anniversary of the end of World War I - has been marked by the remaining British troops for the last time in southern Afghanistan.

  15. The Camp Nelson Honor Guard led a caisson for a service for World War II Navy Veterans Argyle "Pop" E. Hayner and Harvey "Harbor" J. Wills at Camp Nelson National Cemetery, in Nicholasville, Ky. This is the last funeral for the horse pulling the caisson, Pretty Boy. The 27 year-old standardbred is retiring after eight years and 800 funerals. (Pablo Alcala/The Lexington Herald-Leader via Associated Press)

  16. A volunteer touches an inscribed name after placing a flower on it at the 9/11 Memorial in New York. The 9/11 Memorial placed yellow roses on the names of veterans as a Salute to Service for Veterans Day. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

  17. Britain's General Sir Francis Richard Dannatt reads out the names of service personnel killed in World War I on Armistice Day as the final poppy is added to the "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" installation by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and theatre stage designer Tom Piper, in the moat area of the Tower of London in central London. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)

  18. French chief of staff General Benoit Puga walks along the Memorial during the inauguration of the International Memorial of Notre Dame de Lorette, where the names of the 580,000 soldiers who died in northern France during World War I are listed alphabetically without nationality or rank. 

  19. Airman Trevor O'Bryan waits for the arrival of visitors to the annual Veterans Day Observance Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., on Nov. 11. Americans marked Veterans Day on Tuesday with parades, speeches and military discounts, while in Europe the holiday known as Armistice Day held special meaning in the centennial year of the start of World War I. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

  20. Members of the audience applaud during the Concert for Valor on the National Mall on Veterans Day in Washington. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

  21. Homeless US marine corps Korean War veteran Arthur Turner, 79, crosses the road on skid row in Los Angeles after a Veterans Day observance for homeless veterans at The Midnight Mission shelter. (Luscy Nicholson/Reuters)

  22. A man views crosses in the garden of remembrance in Princess Street Gardens on Armistice Day in Edinburgh, Scotland. A two minute silence was observed across the country at 11:00am to honor those who fell during World War I and World War II as well as those who have died in conflicts since. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  23. Peter Maxwell, a former member of the Black Watch, salutes at Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Grand Parade in Halifax on Nov. 11. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via Associated Press)

  24. Aimee Tarte visits her father's grave on Veterans Day at the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Fla. He was a Vietnam veteran, who died in January. (J Pat Carter/Associated Press)

  25. A tear rolls down the cheek of Joan Demonte as she attends Remembrance Day ceremonies at Old City Hall in Toronto. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

  26. Moses Riley plays taps during Veterans Day ceremonies in Concord, Mass., on Nov. 11. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

  27. A bouquet of flowers stands out in the snow at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colo. on Veteran's Day . (Rick Wilking/Reuters)

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