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France, Britain Commemorate Armistice Day


France and Britain have paid tribute to those who died fighting in World War I, World War II and other conflicts.

In Paris Saturday, French President Jacques Chirac marked the 88th anniversary of the end of World War I in a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe. Veterans and troops took part in the parade, which culminated with Mr. Chirac laying a wreath at the renowned war memorial.

Hundreds of people gathered in London's Trafalgar Square to mark the occasion with the traditional two minutes of silence. The ceremony ended with a lone bugler and a flyby of four Royal Air Force fighter jets.

Many countries mark Remembrance Day, also called Armistice Day, to honor military veterans and those killed in war.

In the United States, the day is called Veterans' Day

Remembrance Day marks the signing of the armistice that officially ended World War I in 1918. The treaty was signed at the 11th hour on the 11th day of November, the 11th month of the year

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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