Photos: Veterans Day 2014

Americans marked Veterans Day on Tuesday with parades, speeches and military discounts, while in Europe the holiday known as Armistice Day held special meaning in the centennial year of the start of World War I.

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A flower appears alongside the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC, November 10, 2014, on the eve of Veterans Day. Over 58,000 names of US military members who died in the Vietnam War are engraved on the wall. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB
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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: Gregory Mallett attends a Veterans Day ceremony at the World War Two Memorial November 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower, and honors those who have served in the U.S. military. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP
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ARLINGTON, VA - NOVEMBER 11: A sentinel from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, also called the Old Guard, has his weapon inspected during the changing of the guard at The Tomb of the Unknowns during Veterans Day observations at Arlington National Cemetery November 11, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP
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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: Vietnam war veteran Joe ÒDragonÓ Lozano, retired U.S. Army, salutes during the playing of ÒTapsÓ at a Veterans Day ceremony at the World War Two Memorial November 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower, and honors those who have served in the U.S. military. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP
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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: World War Two veterans place a wreath at the World War Two Memorial during a Veterans Day ceremony November 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower, and honors those who have served in the U.S. military. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP
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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: World War Two veterans participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the World War Two Memorial during a Veterans Day ceremony November 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower, and honors those who have served in the U.S. military. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP
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ARLINGTON, VA - NOVEMBER 11: Honor guards for all branches of the U.S. military arrive for a wreath laying ceremony at The Tomb of the Unknowns during Veterans Day observations at Arlington National Cemetery November 11, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP
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ARLINGTON, VA - NOVEMBER 11: Honor guards for all branches of the U.S. military arrive for a wreath laying ceremony at The Tomb of the Unknowns during Veterans Day observations at Arlington National Cemetery November 11, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP
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ARLINGTON, VA - NOVEMBER 11: A member of a Marine Corps honor guard participates in a wreath laying ceremony at The Tomb of the Unknowns during Veterans Day observations at Arlington National Cemetery November 11, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP
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Armed services veterans await the start of an Armistice day service in Aylesford in Kent, south-east England, on November 11, 2014. A century on from the start of the 1914-1918 Great War, people around Britain stood for the traditional two-minute silence remembering all those who have given their lives in conflict. AFP PHOTO/RICHARD POHLE/POOL
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Visitors view the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC, November 10, 2014, on the eve of Veterans Day. Over 58,000 names of US military members who died in the Vietnam War are engraved on the wall. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB
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Visitors walk past the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC, November 10, 2014, on the eve of Veterans Day. Over 58,000 names of US military members who died in the Vietnam War are engraved on the wall. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB
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A volunteer helps a military Veteran (L) find a name engraved on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC, November 10, 2014, on the eve of Veterans Day. Over 58,000 names of US military members who died in the Vietnam War are engraved on the wall. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB
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ARLINGTON, VA - NOVEMBER 11: A sentinel from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, also called the Old Guard, marches while guarding The Tomb of the Unknowns ahead of Veterans Day observations at Arlington National Cemetery November 11, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP
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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: World War Two veterans, and their escorts, salute during the playing of ÒTapsÓ at a Veterans Day ceremony at the World War Two Memorial November 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower, and honors those who have served in the U.S. military. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP
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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: Members of the "Old Guard" wait to present the colors at a Veterans Day ceremony at the World War Two Memorial November 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower, and honors those who have served in the U.S. military. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP
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A US Navy Band bugler plays Taps during a Veterans Day event at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC, November 11, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB