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Veterans Day

Signing the Armistice that ended the First World War (Via Corbis)

Today is Veterens Day, and the US Department of Veterans Affairs explains:

“World War I – known at the time as “’The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of ‘the war to end all wars.’ . . . The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.”

Women on a dock welcome home a hospital ship of WWI ANZAC veterans. (Via Corbis)

An Anzac World War I veteran is attended to by Randwick base nurses. (Via Corbis)

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