November 11, 2012 is Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Britain and the Commonwealth.  November 11, 1918 was the day hostilities between Germany and the Allied nations ended.  Each year on this day, veterans are thanked and remembered for their services in the United States.   On Remembrance Day, members of the armed forces who died in conflicts in the line of duty are commemorated.  The wearing of a poppy is one way of paying one’s respects.  People also gather at war memorials to commemorate those who died by laying poppy wreaths, accompanied by the saying of prayers, marking a moment of silence and the playing of the last post.  The most famous of these gatherings takes place annually in London at the Cenotaph in Whitehall and is presided over by Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by members of the royal family.


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