U.S. joins other western nations to honor war dead

09:48, November 12, 2009      

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The United States on Wednesday joined other western nations to honor war dead.

U.S. President Barack Obama takes part in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to mark Veterans Day November 11, 2009.(Xinhua/AFP Photo)

Memorial services took place in those nations to mark the 91st anniversary of the armistice signed between Germany and the Allies on Nov. 11, 1918.

The day is called Veterans Day in the United States, and known as Armistice Day, Remembrance Day or Poppy Day elsewhere.

According to a schedule released by the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden would honor U.S. veterans by attending a remembrance service at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to mark Veterans Day November 11, 2009. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

At the cemetery, Obama will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns and then deliver remarks at the Memorial Amphitheater.

Biden would host a luncheon for veterans and active-duty military personnel and their families.

U.S. military forces, especially those in Iraq and Afghanistan, also were to observe Veterans Day, keenly aware of the costs of war.

In Britain, Queen Elizabeth led Remembrance Day ceremonies in Westminster Abbey, a service also attended by Prime Minister Gordon Brown and other senior politicians and military leaders.

U.S. President Barack Obama extends his hand to a visitor at Arlington National Cemetery's Section 60, containing the graves of soldiers from the Afghan and Iraqi conflicts, during his visit in Virginia on Veterans Day, November 11, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

In Paris, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a ceremony under the Arc de Triomphe.

Australians observed one minute silence in memory of those who died or suffered in all of the nation's wars and armed conflicts.

Millions were killed in World War I, which lasted from 1914 to 1918.

Source: Xinhua
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