What Veterans Day Looks Like Around The World, In 15 Photos

This story was originally published on November 11, 2014.

Unlike Memorial Day, which honors those who died while serving in the U.S. military, Veterans Day is about the living and the dead. It pays tribute to all U.S. military veterans — both current and past. November 11 is also Europe's Armistice Day, which celebrates the end of WWI.

In his weekly address, Obama dedicated the day to "all those who served to keep us free and strong," calling out generations of veterans from those who fought in WWII to the men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Today, the US, Britain and countries around the world celebrate in their own unique ways. The Tower of London was surrounded by 888,246 poppies — one for every soldier who died during WWI. Across the states, cities big and small hosted veteran marches.

A quick look through Instagram shows that for people on both sides of the Atlantic, the day still means more than online sales and closed banks. Ahead, 15 moving images of people who came out to honor those who've sacrificed for their countries.

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A very patriotic onlooker watches a marine unit march in Ohio.
Photo: via @michelleobama.
First Lady Michelle Obama salutes the men and women who fight to keep us safe.
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Instagram user @kat2021 shared a stunning photo of an old army plane in honor of Veterans Day.
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"Secretary Bob McDonald greets 70 veterans from Central Missouri who served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam." — @whitehouse
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"@usnavy Veteran Ted Nelson served during the Korean War as an aircraft mechanic. Today, he visited his memorial for the first time."
Photo: via @deptvetaffairs.
Many visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to find their relative's names.
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A picture An illustration is worth a thousand words.
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Another visitor to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall searches for family and friends.
Photo: via @rishanahikmet.
888,246 ceramic flowers were planted around the Tower of London honoring those British military members who died during WWI.
Photo: via @claireneill.
Another perspective of "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red."
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London's Trafalgar Square hosted The Royal British Legion's Silence.
Photo: via @luuk39.
Tiny crosses were planted along the "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" installation honoring specific troops.
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A hand-cut poppy made in remembrance of those who have served.
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Another view of the Tower of London.
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"In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place, and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below."
In Flanders Fields
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