US hails veterans on war centenary

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Published: Tuesday 11th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Americans have marked Veterans Day with parades, speeches and military discounts in the centennial year of the start of the First World War.

New York City’s Veterans Day Parade up Fifth Avenue was to feature a float with rapper Ice-T plus six military dogs and their handlers, all of whom have served in the US armed forces.

The float was funded by philanthropist Lois Pope, who works with several groups that help reunite veteran dogs and the soldiers with whom they served.

Former police commissioner Raymond Kelly, who served in the US Marines, was chosen as grand marshal of New York’s parade.

Veterans Day is not only a time to honour those who have served in the military, for American businesses it’s also a time to back up that appreciation with a freebie.

Many national chains and other retailers around the US are offering free goods and services to anyone who has served in the military, a trend that has been growing since the September 11 attacks in 2001.

They included IHOP pancakes, Starbucks coffee and even admission at select cinemas to see the Second World War film Fury, starring Brad Pitt.

Europe marked Armistice Day with ceremonies and moments of silence as France opened an international memorial on a former battlefield.

This year’s events had special significance because this year is the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Published: Tuesday 11th November 2014 by The News Editor

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