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Saturday is Veterans Day, a time to honor the nearly 25 million people who once served in the U.S. military.

First celebrated in the U.S. as Armistice Day under President Wilson in 1919, the name was changed in 1954 by President Eisenhower. It became a legal holiday in 1938.

It falls each year on Nov. 11, marking the anniversary of the end of World War I, when Germany signed a cease-fire agreement on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

The American Battle Monuments Commission, which maintains U.S. military cemeteries in Europe, will be conducting public observances at them beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday.

Following is a schedule with starting times at each cemetery.

BelgiumArdennes American Cemetery, 11:11 a.m. Saturday;

Flanders Field American Cemetery, 11 a.m.Saturday;

Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, 11 a.m. Saturday.

EnglandBrookwood Military Cemetery, 2 p.m. Sunday;

Cambridge American Cemetery, 11 a.m. Friday.

ItalyFlorence American Cemetery, 11 a.m. Saturday;

Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, 11 a.m. Saturday.

NetherlandsNetherlands American Cemetery, 11 a.m. Friday

FranceAisne-Marne American Cemetery, 9:30 a.m. Saturday;

Brittany American Cemetery, 10 a.m. Saturday;

Epinal American Cemetery, 11 a.m. Saturday;

Lorraine American Cemetery, 11 a.m. Saturday;

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, 11 a.m. Saturday;

Normandy American Cemetery, 9 a.m. Saturday;

Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, 10:30 a.m. Saturday;

Rhone American Cemetery, 8:30 a.m. Saturday;

Saint-Mihiel American Cemetery, 10:15 a.m. Saturday;

Somme American Cemetery, 11 a.m. Saturday;

Suresnes American Cemetery, 10:15 a.m. Saturday.

LuxembourgLuxembourg American Cemetery, 11 a.m. Saturday

TunisiaNorth Africa American Cemetery, 3 p.m. Friday.


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