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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

U.S. Honors Servicemen and Women

November 11 is significant day in U.S. history. Today marks the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the war ended when Germany signed the armistice treaty.

A few years later, the U.S. began recognizing November 11 as Armistice Day, a federal holiday which was later renamed Veterans Day by President Eisenhower. Each year, veterans and their families gather at memorial sites to leave mementos and honor the nearly 25 million living U.S military veterans who have served overseas since the beginning of World War I, as well as remember those who gave their lives.

Voice of America recently interviewed Frank Buckles, who is believed to be the last living World War I veteran in the U.S.

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