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

Thousands of U.S. veterans and their supporters marched through New York, home to America's oldest Veterans Day parade. Vice President Joe Biden spoke at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, noting that more than 2.6 million members of the all-volunteer U.S. military have served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Europeans marked Armistice Day with ceremonies and moments of silence as officials and others gathered in memorials and read aloud lists of fallen shoulders. Tuesday was the 96th anniversary of the armistice that ended the war on Nov. 11, 1918.

Canadians observed the occasion with Remembrance Day, holding a ceremony in at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, where the Oct. 22 attack on Parliament Hill killed one reservist and heightened fears across Canada, and in the Quebec city where a soldier was killed two days earlier by a man with jihadist sympathies.

Here's a photo gallery looking at ceremonies around the world honoring those who have served.

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