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A Deeper Public Appreciation For The Sacrifice Of Veterans Is Evident In Gatherings Around The World

 

In the United States the 11th day of the 11th month is called Veterans’ Day. In the United Kingdom and its current and former Commonwealth countries such as Canada, it is called Remembrance Day. In France it is known as Armistice Day, and in Belgium, everyone gathers for Last Post ceremonies.

 

Regardless of the name or the location, the sentiments are all the same – it is the occasion to honor the memory of fallen members of the armed forces who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

 

Originally dedicated by Great Britain’s King George V in 1919, the day of remembrance marks “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” in 1918 when the guns fell silent across Europe in accordance with the Armistice signed by Germany and the Entente of Great Britain, France and Russia.

 

In later years, services would include commemoration of fallen soldiers in subsequent wars around the world.

 

This week, we pay tribute to “Those who died so that we may live” and the from photojournalists from various photo agencies who captured amazing and poignant portraits of the day this year, as curated by Minnesota Public Radio.

 

One such example below is Spean Bridge, United Kingdom — Commandos gather to commemorate and pay respect to the sacrifice of service men and women who fought in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts on November 10, 2013 in Spean Bridge, Scotland. (Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images).

 

Click here to see the other curated images at Minnesota Public Radio.

 

AbledWarriors-A photo shows Spean Bridge, United Kingdom — Commandos gather to commemorate and pay respect to the sacrifice of service men and women who fought in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts on November 10, 2013 in Spean Bridge, Scotland. A cenotaph which features the statues of three commandos on top set against the rolling hills of Scotland with a snow-capped mountain in the background. (Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images)

 

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