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  • Veterans Day: Soldiers Honored for Military Service

    Vietnam War Veteran Steve Benner of American Legion Post 45 attaches a U.S. flag to a light pole on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2011, in Bowling Green, Ohio. Benner and a group of veterans placed 48 flags along downtown streets.
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  • Veterans Day: Soldiers Honored for Military Service

    St. John College High School JROTC student Thomas Shedlick prepares for his honor guard duties at the reopening celebration of the D.C. War Memorial, which was built in 1931 to memorialize the local heroes who served in World War I, Nov. 10, 2011. The Memorial and its grounds have been under restoration since August 2010.
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  • Veterans Day: Soldiers Honored for Military Service

    Veterans attend Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge to observe two minutes of silence as an act of respect for the war dead, Nov. 11, 2011, in Spean Bridge, Scotland. Armistice Day traditionally marks the end of the WWI when Germany and the allied forces signed the armistice signaling the end of hostilities on the Western Front.
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  • Veterans Day: Soldiers Honored for Military Service

    Philippine army Pfc. Enrico Disimulacion plays the Taps during a wreath-laying ceremony at the American Cemetery and Memorial at suburban Taguig city, east of Manila, Philippines, Nov. 11, 2011.
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  • Veterans Day: Soldiers Honored for Military Service

    Flags of the Philippines and the United States are paraded during a wreath-laying ceremony at the American Cemetery and Memorial at suburban Taguig city, east of Manila, Philippines, to pay tribute to U.S. veterans and their families on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2011.
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  • Veteran's Day: Soldiers Return Home

    A World War ll veteran takes a moment of silence with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Florida Panthers before an NHL hockey game, Nov. 8, 2011, in Toronto.
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  • Veteran's Day: Soldiers Return Home

    A Fort Hood honor guard detail removes the casket of Sgt. 1st Class Benny Rogers from an American Airlines cargo container after arrival at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Nov. 10, 2011, in Grapevine, Texas. The remains of the Korean War veteran from East Texas have been returned to his family more than 60 years after he was declared missing in action.
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  • Veteran's Day: Soldiers Return Home

    Benny Don Wherley of Blossom, Texas, holds a portrait of his uncle, Sgt. 1st Class Benny Rogers after the remains of Sgt. Rogers arrived at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Nov. 10, 2011, in Grapevine.
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  • Veteran's Day: Soldiers Return Home

    Veteran bikers chat as they wait for the hearse carrying the body of Pte. Matthew Haseldin to pass the repatriation memorial garden in Carterton, England, Nov. 10, 2011, where Remembrance Day is the British equivalent of Veterans Day. Pte. Matthew Haseldin, 21, was killed Nov. 3, during an insurgent attack in Helmand province of Afghanistan.
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  • Soldiers Return Home

    Flight Lt. Steve Morris, who returned to RAF Marham, Norfolk, England, following a seven-month deployment, greets his dog Jezabelle.
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  • Soldiers Return Home

    Janet Allegra hugs her son, Spc. John Allegra IV, at the Army aviation support facility in Windsor Locks, Conn., Aug. 25, 2010. About 110 soldiers of the 250th Engineer Co. Connecticut National Guard who were deployed to Iraq last winter have returned home.
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  • Soldiers Return Home

    Families reunite with pilots following their five-month deployment aboard the USS Ronald Reagan at Lemoore Naval Air Station, Calif., Oct. 20, 2009.
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  • Soldiers Return Home

    The night before the burial of her husband's body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of "Cat."
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  • Soldiers Return Home

    Army 1st Lt. Alisha Vaughn, left, is greeted by her friend 1st Lt. Shandale Hall, during a welcome home ceremony for 330 soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division, Jan. 7, 2006, at Fort Stewart, Ga. Hall and Vaughn served together in Iraq, but returned home a month apart.
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  • Soldiers Return Home

    Ayden Kaplan, 3, reacts upon seeing his father, Staff Sgt. Joshua Kaplan, while standing next to his mother Kendra, who was five months pregnant, Aug. 18, 2009 in Fort Carson, Colo. They had a sealed envelope with an ultrasound at the arrival ceremony so that they could learn the baby's gender together. The Kaplans learned they will be having a baby boy, conceived during Joshua's mid-term leave.
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  • Soldiers Return Home

    Hawkeye the dog lies on the floor next to the casket of his owner, U.S. Navy SEAL Petty Officer Jon Tumilson, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
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  • Soldiers Return Home

    Reniah Krause, 2, clings to her father, Sgt. Joseph Krause, after he and fellow soldiers arrived in Fort Carson, Colo., from Afghanistan, June 15, 2011. More than 500 soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team returned home following a year of heavy fighting and high casualties against Taliban fighters in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province.
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  • Soldiers Return Home

    U.S. Army soldiers re-unite with family members upon arriving home from Iraq to Fort Carson, Colo., Aug. 18, 2009. Approximately 575 soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat team from the 4th Infantry Division returned following a 12-month deployment to Iraq.
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  • Soldiers Return Home

    Lnc. Cpl. William Hughes, left, and his wife, Bethany Hughes, hug at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 17, 2007. Members of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines returned from a seven-month Western Pacific deployment.
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  • Soldiers Return Home

    Chief Warrant Officer Gary Walker gets a kiss from his 3-year-old daughter, Angel, while Eliana, also 3 years old, waits her turn and Isaiah, 1, sits in a stroller as Marines and sailors of the 1st Marine Logistics Group (MLG) return home from a 12-month deployment to Iraq, Feb. 2, 2006, at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
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  • Soldiers Return Home

    Sgt. Chris Soldano of the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion plays with family friend Joey Atherall, 5, upon arriving April 2, 2007 in Camp Lejeune, N.C., after a seven-month deployment to Iraq.
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  • Soldiers Return Home

    After lighting up cigars to celebrate their return home to California, Spc. Eric McCann of Sacramento, foreground, hugs Sgt. Brian Leiser of Valley Springs as, at right, Spc. Luis Ruiz of Fresno hugs Staff Sgt. Ken Mattingliy of Santa Rosa. "We have been risking our lives for 17 months, it's OK to indulge," said Leiser.
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  • Soldiers Return Home

    Army Spc. Tim McCulloch embraces his girlfriend, Deanna Meder, after arriving home from Iraq, Aug. 23, 2010, to Fort Carson, Colo. McCullouch was one of some 80 4th Infantry soldiers to return home as part of the U.S. drawdown from Iraq.
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  • Soldiers Return Home

    Vermont National Guard Spc. Travis Cook, of Bellows Falls, Vt., sits with his wife, Jennifer, who holds their son, Travis II, during a homecoming ceremony, Dec. 2, 2010, in South Burlington, Vt. Eighty more Vermont National Guard soldiers were back home after a year-long deployment that included about nine months in Afghanistan.
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