End of First World War Honored Across the Globe
As the world pays its respects to fallen soldiers, different countries have different ways of doing so. Even the name in some cases changes, as it is known as Armistice Day, Remembrance Day and Veterans Day.
New York City was playing host to its yearly Veterans Day parade, the largest parade in the US. At least 400,000 spectators were expected this year:
The parade themed "Legacy of Honor" will begin on Fifth Avenue, from 26th street through 56th Street at 11:30 a.m. It will feature over 20,000 participants including veterans from all eras, active duty military, ROTC and JrROTC units, civic and youth groups, marching bands, and floats, military and vintage vehicles.
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Current US president George W. Bush honored veterans at a Manhattan pier, home to the WW2 aircraft carrier Intrepid:
"Veterans have inspired me," Bush said in a speech Tuesday before attending rededication ceremony of the Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum. "I was raised by a veteran. I appreciate the commitment to our country that the veterans have made."
"Our nation is blessed because our liberties have been defended by brave men and women in the past and we are blessed to have brave men and women defend our liberties today."
President-elect Barack Obama laid a wreath in Chicago today to honor Veterans Day. He stood for a moment with his head bowed at the John F. Kennedy War Memorial at Chicago's Soldier Field, then saluted and walked away:
US president-elect Barack Obama Tuesday echoed a time-honored presidential tradition Tuesday by laying a wreath at a memorial to mark Veterans Day in the United States.
Obama placed flowers at a bronze memorial at Chicago's Soldier Field with Tammy Duckworth, a disabled Iraq war veteran who serves as director of the department of veterans affairs for Illinois.
Obama released the following statement, relating to Veterans Day:
"On this Veterans Day, let us rededicate ourselves to keep a sacred trust with all who have worn the uniform of the United States of America: that America will serve you as well as you have served your country. As your next Commander-in-Chief, I promise to work every single day to keep that sacred trust with all who have served. May God bless our veterans, and may God bless the United States of America."
Remembrance Day ceremonies took place at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, where thousands of Canadians gathered to honour fallen soldiers:
Thousands of Canadians gathered under grey skies at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Tuesday morning for Canada's largest Remembrance Day ceremony.
97 Canadian soldiers have been killed since beginning deployment in Afghanistan six years ago. Today members of the Canadian military and coalition troops gathered at Kandahar Airfield:
The family members of six of the soldiers arrived in Kandahar on Monday and were given a tour of the base before attending the Remembrance Day ceremony with the troops at the airfield on Tuesday.
Three of the last surviving veterans from World War I were at Whitehall today, where three current military members laid wreaths down on their behalf. One of the men is the only surviving member of the Battle of Passchendaele:
The three veterans then led a two-minute silence on the stroke of 1100 as the nation stopped to mark the moment - the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - in 1918 that the war ended.
There have been fears that once the veterans die, their stories may not live on. But the importance of Armistice Day was apparent to people of all ages in the crowd who spoke to the BBC News website.
Over one million Remembrance Day poppies were dropped over the Queen Elizabeth 2 in Southhampton, as it made one last trip to honor veterans before sailing for Dubai:
One million Remembrance Day poppies have been dropped over the QE2 in Southampton, ahead of its final voyage.
A DeHavilland Beaver aircraft accompanied by an Auster flew over the QE2 at 1100 GMT to mark the beginning of a two-minute silence.
Then as thousands of people watched, a Harrier jet dipped its nose in tribute.