November 11 is 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 here are photos of Veterans and Remembrance Day 2009 from the United States and several Commonwealth nations.
Remembrance crosses for servicemen killed in the current conflict in Afghanistan sit outside Westminster Abbey after the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph on November 8, 2009 in London, England. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the Second World War and on Remembrance Sunday the country honours its veterans with the commemorations paying particular focus to the troops who have lost their lives in current conflicts.
A Canadian flag is seen near Juno Beach during ceremonies to honour Metis veterans of WWII, at Juno Beach Centre, near Caen, Normandy, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009.
Participants in the Remembrance Day service in Sydney, Australia shake hands in front of the Cenotaph on November 11, 2009.
Members of Cub Scouts Wolf Den of Pack 128 wave American flags after helping lead the Pledge of Allegiance at Veterans Day ceremonies in Scituate, Massachusetts on Wednesday, November 11th, 2009. More than 150 veterans, relatives, and school children gathered at the River Club in Scituate to observe the holiday.
A member of the Canadian military pauses near a grave at the National Military Cemetery during Remembrance Day in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009.
A soldier bows his head as others look on during an event to mark Remembrance Day, also known as Poppy day, to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, in Colombo, Sri Lanka on November 8, 2009.
Veteran Mario Morrone of Philadelphia pays his respects to friends who died while serving in Vietnam, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009.
The flag-draped coffin of Army Sgt. Dale Griffin rests in the back of a hearse before the start of a Terre Haute Veterans Day Service in Terre Haute, Indiana on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009. Griffin was killed Oct. 27 by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
A girl wears a red poppy in her hair to honor fallen soldiers and civilians in wartime for Remembrance Day in Hong Kong on November 7, 2009. Over 2,000 Commonwealth servicemen died in the 1941 Battle of Hong Kong when Japanese forces launched an invasion of the then-British Crown colony during World War II.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the Cenotaph in London with members of the British royal family (from left) Prince Andrew, Prince William, Princess Anne, Prince Harry and the Duke of Edinburgh (right) during the Remembrance Sunday service in Whitehall, London, England on November 8, 2009.
An ex-serviceman walks through St James's Park to attend the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph on November 8, 2009 in London, England.
The Korean War Memorial is seen in the rain on Veterans Day in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009.
A British soldier prays during a moment of silence taking part in a Veterans Day ceremony at Camp Eggers on November 11, 2009 in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Corporal Kerry Brook is consoled by Corporal Claire Vogel at The Armed Forces Memorial as they view the name of their fallen friend and colleague Private Kevin 'Tommo' Thompson' who died from the injuries he sustained in Iraq in 2007 on November 11, 2009 in Lichfield, United Kingdom.
Underwriters watch a Remembrance Day Ceremony at Lloyd's of London on November 11, 2009 in London, England. Lloyd's had it's own company, D Company, in the London Rifle Battalion in World War I. 214 members of the Lloyd's market were killed in the First World War.
18 y/o Rifleman Craig Wood from Doncaster, United Kingdom, watches paper poppies fall during a remembrance Ceremony under the Menin Gate in Ieper, Belgium, Wednesday Nov. 11, 2009. Rifleman Wood was wounded in Afghanistan by a bomb and is one of only three triple amputees who have survived the attack.
Linda Merideth kisses a memorial plaque bearing the name of her husband, U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Allen Merideth, on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009 at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
A boy takes a poppy from a fountain in Trafalgar Square during the Armistice Day of remembrance in central London on November 11, 2009.
A woman views crosses and poppies in the Field of Remembrance in the grounds of Westminster Abbey in London November 7, 2009. A remembrance service was held on Sunday in memory of those who died fighting for Britain and its allies.
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