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November 12, 2010

Veterans Day 2010

Yesterday was Veterans Day, or Armistice Day, when on the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month", in 1918, the armistice was signed for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front at the end of World War I. The date is now observed by many of the allied nations from that era as Veterans Day, Armistice Day, Remembrance Day or Poppy Day - a day set aside to commemorate the sacrifices made by those in the armed forces and their families. Collected below are photos of Veterans and Remembrance Day from the United States and several Commonwealth nations. (37 photos total)

The shadow of Vietnam veteran Bud Moore of Fort Lauderdale, Florida falls on the Vietnam Memorial wall, which pays tribute to servicemen killed in the Vietnam War, on Veterans Day, November 11, 2010 in Washington, DC. Moore served in Quang Tri from 1968-1969. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Army Veteran John Bullard and other military veterans bow their heads in prayer during a ceremony on Veterans Day at the Charlotte Jane Memorial cemetery on November 11, 2010 in Coconut Grove, Florida. The historic cemetery has a number of military veterans buried on the grounds. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) #

A piper walks makes his way to a service at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Veterans Day in Washington November 11, 2010. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque) #

Deborah Barr, of Ortonville, Michigan kneels by the gravestone of her brother, U.S. Navy HT1 Daniel Doule on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan. (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Ryan Garza) #

Members of the 15th Field Royal Canadian Artillery fire their gun during Remembrance Day Ceremonies on the waterfront in Vancouver, British Columbia on November 11, 2010. (REUTERS/Andy Clark) #

William Ahler, 3, holds his hands up to his ears as the Walla Walla High School marching band passes during the Veterans Day parade on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Walla Walla, Washington. (AP Photo/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Matthew B. Zimmerman) #

A member of the New York Institute of Technology R.O.T.C. pauses during the New York City Veterans Day Parade on November 11th, 2010. (© Vladi Dusil) #

French republican guards parade on the Champs Elysee avenue in Paris, France on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, as part of the Armistice Day ceremonies marking the 92nd anniversary of the end of World War I. (AP Photo/Bob Edme) #

Fallen leaves rest on Crosses of Remembrance, that have been placed in the Field of Remembrance, at Westminster Abbey in central London, on November 11, 2010. The text on the larger cross reads: "Royal British Legion Unknown Soldier (M)". (Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images) #

An ex-service woman places a Cross of Remembrance in the Field of Remembrance at London's Westminster Abbey on November 11, 2010. (Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images) #

Photographs of soldiers killed on duty in Afghanistan are attached to replica crosses at a Field of Remembrance outside Westminster Abbey on November 11, 2010. (REUTERS/Toby Melville) #

Britain's Prince Philip lays a wreath at the grave of the Unknown Warrior during a service in which he opened the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 11, 2010. (WPA Pool/Getty Images/Ben Stansall) #

Marty Connor, a World War II Marine Corps veteran from Onondaga Hill, New York holds a silk Japanese battle flag at his home on Nov. 10, 2010. Connor has made it his mission over the past 40 years to return countless artifacts, or "souvenirs," to the families of the deceased men they were taken from on the battlefield. The objects have great spiritual meaning to the families. (AP Photo/The Post-Standard, Dennis Nett) #

A veteran soldier observes the two minute silence in George Square on November 11 2010 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) #

U.S. Army Captain Brendan Rowe kneels at the grave site of his friend who was killed in Afghanistan, on November 11, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) #

Dog tags of the 58,211 American service personnel who died in the Vietnam War hang from the ceiling of the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum on Veterans Day, Thursday Nov. 11, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) #

Mark Ormrod (center left), a British Marine commando who became a triple amputee when wounded on duty in Afghanistan, accompanied by other wounded and non-wounded runners, completes the last leg of a 3,530-mile run from New York to Los Angeles, known as a Gumpathon, ending at the Santa Monica, California Pier on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. The two-month run by five British soldiers and one U.S. Marine sought to raise money for wounded service men and women in both countries. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) #

US President Barack Obama takes part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Yongsan War Memorial during a Veteran's Day event at the US Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul on November 11, 2010 on the sidelines of the G20 Summit. (TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images) #

Veterans who hold Panamanian and US citizenship, attend a ceremony as part of the Veterans Day commemorations at the Corozal cemetery in Panama City on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. The Corozal cemetery has over 5,300 graves of veterans who served in several wars around the world, such as World War I and II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco) #

Ben Blaney from A.R.T. Research Enterprises moves an eight-foot-tall, 750-pound bronze statue of a World War II era female Marine into place by the Veterans Memorial on the Capitol grounds in Charleston, West Virginia on Nov. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Charleston Daily Mail, Craig Cunningham) #

Schoolchildren wear poppies as they take part in an Armistice Day ceremony marking the 92nd anniversary of the end of World War One, at the Siege Memorial in Valletta, Malta on November 11, 2010. (REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi) #

Korean War veteran Robert W. Fulmer bows his head during a ceremony at the Korean War Memorial on Veterans Day in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) #

The sun rises over tombstones in the Marietta National Military Cemetery Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, in Marietta, Georgia. (AP Photo/David Goldman) #

Veterans salute at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Veterans Day in Washington, DC on November 11, 2010. From left, Ed Bull, Chris Buonconsiglio, Ron Simons, and Larry Alexander. (REUTERS/Larry Downing) #

Visitors comfort each other in front of the Vietnam Memorial on Veterans Day, November 11, 2010 in Washington, DC. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) #

A serviceman lays a wreath during the 92nd Anniversary Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph Martin Place on November 11, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. A minute of silence is observed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month annually to recognize the 1918 German signing of the Armistice, which formally ended World War I. The service also recognizes the sacrifices of all armed forces and civilians in times of war. (Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images) #

Chief Master Sgt. Bill Ross, a 35-year Air Force veteran and Boy Scout Liam Gallagher, 12, raise one of 50 casket flags honoring local veterans on Nov. 11, 2010, in Freeport, Maine. Glee Robinson Ross, right, helps guide the pole. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) #

Vice President Joe Biden hugs Rose Duffman-Duval at the grave of her son, US Air Force Tech Sgt. Scott Duffman, on Veterans Day, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) #

World War II veteran Melvin Knazze salutes, as the colors are retired, during a Veterans Day observance at Soldier Field, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) #

United States Marine Corps Capt. Jill A. Leyden visits the grave of her friend USMC Major Megan McClung on Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery November 11, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. McClung died in Iraq in 2006. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) #

A man carries a Native American Vietnam Veteran flag (top) and a flag to commemorate U.S. servicemen, who were reported as missing in action during the Vietnam War, on Veterans Day in Santa Monica, California on November 11, 2010. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson) #

U.S. Marine veteran Bobby Barerra, a veteran of the war in Vietnam, speaks during ceremonies for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial November 10, 2010 in Washington, DC. Hundreds of veterans attended the ceremony for the memorial, which, when completed in 2012, will be the country's only permanent public memorial to disabled veterans. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) #

Charles Kosa III rests his head against the columbarium of his grandfather, Vietnam veteran Charles Kosa Sr., on Veterans Day at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. The epitaph reads: "Husband Father Grandpa". (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) #

Poppies float after being released into a fountain during the Royal British Legion's Silence in the Square, in Castle Square, on November 11, 2010 in Swansea, Wales. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #

Marian Carr Brickhouse touches the wall, paying respect to her brother Robert Carr at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Veterans Day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) #

Ninety-three years ago, during World War I, wounded Canadian soldiers head to an aid-post during the second Battle of Passchendaele, in Flanders, near the town of Ypres, Belgium in 1917. #

Today, November 12th, 2010, U.S. Marines help their wounded comrade to a helicopter during a Medevac mission in southern Afghanistan's Helmand Province. (REUTERS/Peter Andrews) #