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World Honors Vets, Marks 90th Anniversary of End of WWI

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U.S. President George Bush has joined other world leaders in honoring military veterans while marking the 90th anniversary of the end of World War One.

Mr. Bush recounted war stories of several American veterans during a speech on Tuesday on the deck of the USS Intrepid, a decommissioned aircraft carrier in New York. The president later attended a re-dedication ceremony for the carrier, which is now a military and space museum.

Mr. Bush, marking his last Veterans Day as commander-in-chief, said he will miss being the head of such a "fabulous" group of men and women who wear the uniform of the U.S. military.

Elsewhere, U.S. President-elect Barack Obama honored the nation's veterans at a wreath-laying ceremony in (the midwestern U.S. city of) Chicago. He called (in a statement) for the country to rededicate itself to keep a sacred trust with all who have served.

In London, three of the last surviving British World War One veterans (--all of them over 100 years old--) led a ceremony to commemorate the moment in 1918 when the armistice treaty was signed.

The treaty brought an end to the so-called "war to end all wars" on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.





The observance is known in Europe and elsewhere as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day, and Veteran's Day in the United States.

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