President Donald Trump visited the American Cemetery in Suresnes, outside Paris, on Nov. 11, to honor the fallen soldiers of World War I on the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Great War.
The signing of the armistice is commemorated in the United States on Nov. 11 as Veterans Day.
Trump was joined by U.S. military leaders in the visit to the cemetery, where 1,500 U.S. service members are buried. Among them are U.S. Marines who fought in the Battle of Belleau Wood, where they earned the nickname “Devil Dogs” as they fought against the German Spring Offensive of 1918.
More than 116,000 Americans lost their lives and more than one million were wounded in World War One. Trump described the final battle of the war as the single deadliest in U.S. history. More than 26,000 American soldiers perished in that battle and more than 95,000 were wounded.
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US Marks 100th Anniversary of End to WWI With Wreaths and Bells of Peace
The United States marked the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War One on Nov. 11, with celebrations ranging from high-tech light shows to somber gatherings in honor of the country’s military veterans.
More than 100,000 Americans died in World War I. The United States joined the global conflict after declaring war on Germany on April 6, 1917.
The 100th anniversary of the peace agreement lends an extraordinary look to this year’s commemorative ceremonies around the United States, where wreaths are placed on memorials and bells toll to ring in harmony.
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WWII Vet Celebrates 100th Birthday
Ray Parker Sr. blew out his 100th birthday candles surrounded by three generations of his family on Nov. 9, leaving yet another sweet memory for this group to cherish.
“There’s no better way than with great-grandchildren, and aunts, and uncles, and sisters, and children,” said Ray Parker Jr.
Ray Sr. enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944—spending most of his service in the Philippines. And for a man that survived a war and spent a century on this earth—he’s still moving pretty good.
The Parker family says this year’s Veterans Day celebration takes the cake.
“It makes me very proud of our country and proud of what my dad did. It’s just a happy day,” said Parker Jr.
Portrait of World War One Soldier Engraved on UK Beach
A portrait of a World War One soldier was carved onto the sands of Northern Ireland’s Murlough beach on Nov. 11, to mark the centenary of armistice day.
The subject of the picture was John McCance, a casualty of the war who was born in the nearby village of Dundrum and died aged 22 in the battle of Passchendaele at Ypres, the National Trust said on their website.
The event was part of a series of beach tributes entitled “Pages of the Sea” organised by British film director Danny Boyle and the 14-18 NOW arts programme, with similar portraits appearing at Folkestone, Formby and Colwyn Bay amongst other locations.
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