Honoring the veterans

Around the world, veterans are recognized today for their service. Across United States, patriotic ceremonies and parades are prevalent on Veterans Day. Originally established as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I, other countries also observe this day. [37 photos total]

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Fresh footsteps in the morning dew from a mother visiting her son's grave are seen in the grass as tombstones stand in the background on Veterans Day at Georgia National Cemetery, Nov. 11, in Canton, Ga. (David Goldman/Associated Press) #
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Korean War veteran Al DePetrillo salutes during the U.S. National Anthem during Veterans Day ceremonies in Lebanon, N.H., Nov. 11. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) #
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Kelly Poole touches the tombstone of her father and Korean War veteran Navy Seaman Michael Dario Vignali on Veterans Day at Georgia National Cemetery, Nov. 11, in Canton, Ga. Whenever she visits, Poole brings a small bottle of Jack Daniels to pour on his tombstone while playing her father's favorite songs from Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. (David Goldman/Associated Press) #
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John Oncken takes the position of left guard during presentation of the colors by the Inter-Veteran Burial Detail of Sangamon County Honor Guard, Nov. 11, during a Veterans Day ceremony at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, Ill. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP) #
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Cristian Hall waits to march with the Charlestown High School Air Force Junior ROTC in the Veterans Day parade in Boston on Nov. 11. Hall, a senior, said he has already enlisted in the Marines Corp and will go to bootcamp after graduation. “The Marine Corp has prestige and pride, I always wanted to be part of something with high commitment. I think the Marine Corp will teach me right from wrong,” he said. It was always a childhood dream. Now I’m a step closer and it’s exciting.” (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) #
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Store employee Jo Acchione, left, stands near as former Army National Guard member, Jennifer Dunn, is overcome as she chooses a wedding gown at Alfred Angelo Bridal, Nov. 11, in Cherry Hill, N.J. The store is offering free wedding dresses to members of the armed services on Veterans Day. (Mel Evans/Associated Press) #
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One of the many visitors takes time to reflect on Veteran’s Day at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City on Nov. 11. (LE Baskow/Las Vegas Sun via AP) #
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A visitor walks among hundreds of US national flags that are displayed on Veterans Day in the Healing Field, a public park in Naperville, Ill. on Nov. 11. Each year on November 11 Americans honor and thank those who have served in the armed forces (Tannen Maury/EPA) #
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Auburn Hills resident Sheila Ann Donohoe, 68, sheds a single tear as she thinks of her father and husband, both who died in 2014 and served in the U.S. Army, as the Grand Blanc High School Chorale sings a rendition of Amazing Grace while hundreds gather to commemorate the lives of American veterans on Nov. 11, at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly Township, Mich. (Jake May/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP) #
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Medal of Honor awardee Captain Thomas J. Hudner Jr., U.S. Navy Retired, is recognized. A Veterans’ Day ceremony is held in Memorial Hall at the State House on Nov. 11. (Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff) #
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Operation Desert Storm veteran Tyrone Franklin pays his respects at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with is grandson Sean Miller, 2, on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/Assoicated Press) #
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Veterans hold a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam war proclamation by the President of the United States over the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall during Veterans day in Washington, Nov. 11. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) #
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Madeline Brosi, 9, (C) of Queens, New York, waves a US national flag as West Point Military Academy cadets march by during the annual Veterans Day parade in New York on Nov. 11. The annual event is the largest veterans parade in the country. (Justin Lane/EPA) #
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Canadian Legion member Roger Beaucage walks among the soldiers graves at the National Field of Honour after Remembrance Day ceremonies, Nov. 11, in Pointe-Claire, Quebec. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP) #
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Army Lt. Col. Luta C. McGrath, 107, the oldest known female World War II veteran, right, is greeted as she is recognized by President Barack Obama during Veterans Day ceremonies, Nov. 11, at the Memorial Amphitheater of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press) #
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US President Barack Obama arrives for a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in honor of Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, Nov. 11. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Naval veterans Jean MacDonald, left, and Doris Hope chat before the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Nov. 11. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP) #
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Arnold DeVille of Washington, visits the grave of his brother in law, Army PFC Frank McCoy, who received the purple heart while serving in Vietnam, and died in 1997, Nov. 11, on Veterans Day in Section 60 in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press) #
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Vicksburg and Warren Central JROTC cadets post the colors, Nov. 11, during a Veterans Day ceremony in the Memorial Rose Garden in Vicksburg, Miss. (Justin Sellers/The Vicksburg Post via AP) #
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Korean War veteran Fred VanHoosier rides in a antique military truck during a Veterans Day parade in Davenport, Iowa, Nov. 11. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP) #
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People visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall on the National Mall on Veterans Day on Nov. 11, in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) #
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US Army Vietnam War veteran Jim Rowe (L) stops to accept thanks from a little girl (C) as they visit a hillside where hundreds of US national flags and a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall are displayed on Veterans Day in the Healing Field, a public park in Naperville, Ill. (Tannen Maury/EPA) #
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€“Members of the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home, Richard Johnsson and Tom Miller, prepare to march in the Veterans Day parade in Boston on Nov. 11. Both served in the Navy. Johnsson said during his service he was stationed in the Northern Atlantic supporting the military in Vietnam. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) #
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Members of the G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School NJROTC color guard carry their flags during a Veterans day ceremony on Nov. 11, in Miami Beach, Florida. 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 U.S. military. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) #
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A US Army Honor Guard moves into place prior to US President Barack Obama participating in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during a Veterans Day program at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Nov. 11. (Shawn Thew/EPA) #
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People place poppies on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial following the Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa, Nov. 11. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP) #
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Images of soldiers etched in black granite at the Korean War Veterans Memorial during Veterans day in Washington, Nov. 11. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) #
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Larry Roberts, 60, a veteran from South Shields in England, who served with the Royal Green Jackets, stands for a moment looking at the sculpture entitled Eleven ‘O’ One in Seaham, County Durham, England, ahead of playing the bugle during a ceremony to mark Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the First World War, on Nov. 11. The statue of the WWI soldier, built out of special corteen steel, nicknamed ‘Tommy’ by locals was installed to mark the centenary of the start of the Great War. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP) #
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American Reverend Kenneth Fuller (L), 92, a former US Army platoon sergeant in World War II meets Filipino World War II veteran sergeant Jose Quilatan (R), 100, along a wall of names of Missing in Action soldiers during rites for the Veterans Day ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Manila, Philippines, Nov. 11. US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg joined the surviving war veterans in rites to honor American and Filipino troops killed in World War II at the cemetery, where more than 17,000 American military and 570 Filipino counterparts are buried. (Mark R. Cristino/EPA) #
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People visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall on Veterans Day in Washington, Nov. 11. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) #
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Men dressed in military clothes sit on a bench before the start of the Veteran's Day parade in New York, Nov. 11. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) #
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Marine Staff Sgt. Michael Reynolds of Houston, Texas, accompanied by his girlfriend Ashley Voyles, visits the grave of Army Cpl. William Amundson Jr. who died in 2004, Nov. 11, on Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press) #
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Members of the Oklahoma Air National Guard Honor Guard march in the Veterans Day ceremony at the 45th Infantry Museum in Oklahoma City, Nov. 11. (Steve Gooch) #
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John Ward, of Boston, salutes passing veterans during the Veterans Day parade in Boston on Nov. 11. Ward, a veteran himself, served in the Navy from 1964 - 1966. “I don’t talk much about it. I got an honorable discharge, then I moved on,” he said. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) #
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A participant driving in the parade holds a POW and American flag during the Veterans Day parade,Wednesday morning, Nov. 11, along Main Street in Walla Walla, Wash. (Michael Lopez/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin via AP) #
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Fenton resident Carl Blitz, a Korean War veteran who served from 1951-54, walks away from his wife’s headstone after visiting as he moves on to pay homage to three deceased comrades, Nov. 11, at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly Township, Mich., for Veterans Day. (Jake May/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP) #
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Gavin Kinney, 9, holds up a sign thanking veterans at the nation’s largest Veterans Day Parade in New York City on Nov. 11, in New York City. Known as “America’s Parade” it features over 20,000 participants, including veterans of numerous eras, military units, businesses and high school bands and civic and youth groups. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

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