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Soldiers Honored in Veteran's Day Ceremonies

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U.S. 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, 2014 in Atlanta.

Veterans Day honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. It occurs on the same day as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are observed to commemorate the end of World War I.

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Image: VP Biden Lays Wreath At Arlington National Cemetery On Veterans Day

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden lays a wreath during a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns during Veterans Day observations at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower.

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Rows of graves at Andersonville National Cemetery in Andersonville, Ga., on Nov. 7. The cemetery is located next the Andersonville prisoner of war camp where almost 13,000 union troops died during the Civil War.

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Maddie Nistl, 9, walks with her father, Dee Nistl, an Air Force veteran, past flag-covered graves placed for Veterans Day in Evergreen-Washelli cemetery, on Nov. 11, in Seattle. Maddie has come to the cemetery every Veterans Day and Memorial Day since she was three years old to place roses on the graves of veterans.

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A woman holds American flags at the Andersonville National Cemetery in Andersonville, Ga., on Nov. 7.

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A bugler plays "Taps" during a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, on Nov. 11, at Arlington National Cemetery in honor of Veterans Day.

The United States 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.

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Image: VP Biden Lays Wreath At Arlington National Cemetery On Veterans Day

A sentinel from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, also called the Old Guard, has his weapon inspected during the changing of the guard at The Tomb of the Unknowns during Veterans Day observations at Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 11.

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Image: VP Biden Lays Wreath At Arlington National Cemetery On Veterans Day

Veterans and visitors wait for Veterans Day observations to begin at The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 11.

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Image: Veterans Day Commemorated At DC's World War II Memorial

Vietnam War veteran Joe "Dragon" Lozano, retired U.S. Army, salutes during the playing of "Taps" at a Veterans Day ceremony at the World War Two Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Image: Veterans Day Commemorated At DC's World War II Memorial

World War Two veterans, and their escorts, salute during the playing of "Taps" at the World War Two Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Image: Vietnam War veteran Bill Hopkins participates in Veterans Day ceremonies in Concord

Vietnam War veteran Bill Hopkins participates in Veterans Day ceremonies in Concord, Mass., on Nov. 11.

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Image: A member of the Middlesex County 4-H Fife and Drum Corps presents a U.S. Flag for retirement during Veterans Day ceremonies in Concord

A member of the Middlesex County 4-H Fife and Drum Corps presents a U.S. Flag for retirement during Veterans Day ceremonies in Concord, Mass.

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Image: United States Army World War Two veteran Frederick Carrier waves a flag during the Veterans Day parade in New York

United States Army World War II veteran Frederick Carrier waves a flag during the Veterans Day parade in New York on Nov. 11.

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