11 Answers about Veterans Day

facts everyone, especially veterans, should know

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German soldiers of the 11th Reserve Hussar Regiment fighting from a trench, on the Western Front, 1916. Photo by Oscar Tellgmann. Public domain.
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Michael Kitchen and Robert Redford in Out of Africa. Fair use.
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World empires and colonies in 1914, just before the First World War. Map by Andrew0921. CC BY 3.0. The British Empire is rendered in the traditional pink — “the sun never sat on the British Empire.” The gray areas are technically uncolonized, but in practice were deeply entangled with and cowed by European and American trade, economic, and military power. Latin America, for example, has been (and still is) subject to the Monroe Doctrine, 1823.
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1921 British Remembrance Poppy. Cotton and silk poppies were made in devastated areas of France by the widows and orphans of Madame Guérin, “The Poppy Lady from France” and the originator of Poppy Day. Photo by Heatherannej. CC BY-SA 4.0.
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Moina Michael on a U.S. postage stamp. Michael first proposed using poppies as a symbol of remembrance. Public domain.
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Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982. He is holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War. Photo credit: Department of Defense. Defense Audiovisual Agency; Scene Camera Operator: Mickey Sanborn — National Archives and Records Administration.

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