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November 14, 2012

Veterans Day 2012

Over the past few days, United States veterans who have served in the armed forces were honored during Veterans Day events. 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. -- Lloyd Young ( 37 photos total)

Kevin Palmer of Goshen, Ct., holds Michele Mathews on his shoulders as she makes a rubbing of where Palmer's uncle, Douglas Palmer's name is inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial the day after Veterans Day on Nov. 12 in Washington, D.C. Douglas Palmer died in 1966 while serving in the Navy in Vietnam. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The day after Veterans Day, a man pauses between rows of headstones at Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 12 in Arlington, Va. The federal government observed Veterans Day by giving employees Monday off from work. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) #

Military veterans sit an listen to a Veterans Day tribute ceremony at Phillipsburg High School in Phillipsburg, N.J., on Nov. 11 where they received their high school diplomas they didn't get since they left school to serve in the military. (Matt Smith/The Express-Times via Associated Press) #

World War II veteran Michael Arbinni, right, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and the Normandy invasion looks on as US Army Specialists John Laursen, left, and Bryson Vea from the 10th Mountain Division based at Fort Drum, N.Y., volunteer on Veterans Day to clear debris from Arbinni's two side-by-side homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island on Nov. (Mike Segar/Reuters) #

A World War II veteran takes part in the Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11 in New York City. Former Mayor Ed Koch is the grand marshal for the parade, which expects to draw thousands of spectators and is the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images) #

A woman holds up a "Thank You" sign during the Veterans Day Parade in New York City on Nov. 11. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters) #

Priscilla Eclarinal pays her respects to her father's grave at the start of the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Memphis National Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn., on Nov. 11. Her father, Chief Petty Officer Teofilo Eclarinal, served for 30 years in the US Navy fighting in both WWII and Korea. (Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal via Associated Press) #

Members of the Taylor American Legion Post 306 roll up flags after the unveiling of a Memorial Garden of the Unknown at Taylor Memorial Cemetery in Taylor, Pa., on Nov. 11. (Jake Danna Stevens/The Scranton Times-Tribune via Associated Press) #

Staff Sergeant Harold Williams surprised his son, Adrian, a fifth grade student during a Veterans Day assembly on Nov. 9 at Schwartz Elementary School in Oklahoma City. Harold Williams has been stationed in Germany with the US Army and recently returned there from duty in Iraq. (Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman via Associated Press) #

The Terre Haute South Vigo High School Army Junior ROTC is reflected in a downtown Terre Haute window as they pass by in the Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11. (Jim Avelis/Tribune-Star via Associated Press) #

A visitor looks at names of the fallen on the Armed Forces Memorial during Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day commemorations at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, central England, Nov. 11. (Darren Staples/Reuters) #

Before the Veterans Day ceremony at Fort George Wright Cemetery in Spokane, Wash., Master Sergeant Jason Young from Fairchild Air Force Base, with his son, Cooper, place American flags next to gravestones of US military veterans on Nov. 11. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via Associated Press) #

A shaft of sunlight falls on a floral tribute at The National Arboretum during the remembrance service on Nov. 11 in Alrewas, England. The Armed Forces Memorial, is the UK's tribute to the men and women who have been killed on duty or as a result of terrorist action since 1948. Their names are inscribed on the giant Portland stone walls. The obelisk is specifically dedicated to those who have died while in service. The Armed Forces Memorial has been designed to allow a shaft of sunlight to fall across the sculpted wreath on the central stone on Armistice Day at precisely 11:00am on the 11th day of the 11th month, the time when fighting formally stopped in World War I. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) #

Poppies are pinned to the trunk of a tree at The National Arboretum during the remembrance service on Nov. 11 in Alrewas, England. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) #

People visit the military Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest British war cemetery in the world, in Passendale, Western Belgium on Nov. 11 during Armistice Day, marking the 94th anniversary of the end of World War I. Some 12,000 war casualties from 1914-18 are buried in this site while over 8,300 remain unidentified. (Eric Vidal/Reuters) #

Austin Wolk,left, and Richard Bolando both from West Babylon, N.Y., hold pictures of World War II veterans as they wait to march up New York's Fifth Avenue in the Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11. (Tina Fineberg/Associated Press) #

Parade participants representing The Wounded Warriors Project carry the American flag, made in South Boston, Va., on Nov. 11 in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images) #

Spectators attend the Veteran's Day Parade on Nov.11 in New York City. Former Mayor Ed Koch is the grand marshal for the parade, which expects to draw thousands of spectators and is the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images) #

A woman on roller skates holds an American flag as she goes up Fifth Avenue during the Veterans Day Parade in New York City on Nov. 11. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters) #

Veterans gather with staff from the VA and active duty military to celebrate during the Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 12 in downtown Memphis, Tenn. High School JROTC units, bands, and Memphis area vets gathered in full military regalia to mark the holiday with a short march down 2nd St. (Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal via Associated Press) #

Honor Guards from each branch of the military walk in formation away from the Tomb of the Unknowns on Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery. Numerous events are underway across the country to honor the nation's current and former service members. (Lexey Swall/Getty Images) #

A single rose lays on the headstone of a fallen serviceman on Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 11. (Lexey Swall/Getty Images) #

Tilden Career Community Academy High School Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) students march in the Chicago Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 12. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) #

University of Memphis NROTC Midshipmen from left: Charles Allen, Brandon McAuley and Drew O'Brien take a Veterans Day motivational run one step further with pull-ups before the school's annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 12 in Memphis, Tenn. (Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal via Associated Press) #

Citizens of the southern French town of Nice wearing "Poilu" or French World War I infantry uniforms, parade on the Promenade des Anglais during an Armistice Day ceremony in Nice, France. Nov. 11 marks the signing of the truce that ended the fighting in World War I and for remembering the more than 1 million French soldiers killed in that war. (Lionel Cironneau/Associated Press) #

Fans of the Seattle Seahawks hold cards honoring military veterans prior to the game against the New York Jets at CenturyLink Field on Nov. 11. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) #

New England Patriots linebacker Jermaine Cunningham holds up his gloves, which sport the words "Salute to Service" in honor of Veterans Day. (Stephan Savoia/Associated Press) #

Robert Garcia, 54, watches as a squandron of World War II era Condor planes fly over the 9th Annual San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11. Robert was in the US Marine Corps from 1979 to 1983. (Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times via Associated Press) #

Georgia Garcia holds a picture of her daughter, Petty Officer 1st Class Estella Marie Garcia, as she looks up at the US flag and recites the pledge of allegiance on Nov. 10 during a ceremony at Molina Veterans Park in Corpus Christi, Texas. The ceremony was held to commemorate the brick plaza featuring names of veterans from the neighborhood and to honor all who served their country for Veterans Day. (Michael Zamora/Corpus Chrisit Caller-Times via Associated Press) #

Mike Hoover, with American Legion Post 568, stands at attention on Nov. 11 during a Veterans Day Salute held at the Lincoln Township Cemetery, in Stevensville, Mich. (Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium via Associated Press) #

A Filipino soldier walks along the aisle of a memorial hall, where names of fallen US soldiers are recorded on the walls, before the start of the annual Veterans Day celebration at the American Cemetery in Taguig City, Manila. (Romeo Ranoco/Reuters) #

President Obama greets a grieving family member in Section 60, an area where members of the US military who were killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried, during Veterans Day observances at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Nov. 11. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) #

Captain Jeff Cliffe, with the US Marine Corps, sits next to the grave of his grandfather and grandmother on Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 11. (Lexey Swall/Getty Images) #

Luke Cecil, 9, of Nash, Texas, salutes as members of the Arkansas High Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps march down Broad Street during the Veterans Day Parade in Texarkana, Ark., on Nov. 10. The parade, with the theme, Support the Troops, Remember the Veterans, was hosted by the Texarkana Area Veterans Council. (Adam Sacasa/Texarkana Gazette via Associated Press) #

Jeff Whitney of Scranton, the stepfather of Lance Corporal Larry M. Johnson, holds a memorial flag in his Johnson's honor during a Veterans Day program at Lackawanna County Courthouse in Scranton, Pa., on Nov 11. Johnson died during combat operations in Helmand province Afghanistan in Feb., of 2010. (Jake Danna Stevens/The Times-Tribune via Associated Press) #

Michelle Cain grabs onto her husband, Corporal Lee Cain, as he returns home from a nine-month-tour to Afghanistan on Nov. 12 at the Fort Carson Special Events Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Fort Carson celebrated Veterans Day by welcoming back 250 soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division who were serving in Afghanistan since February. (Michael Ciaglo/The Colorado Springs Gazette via Associated Press) #



 
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