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Photo gallery: On Veterans Day, America celebrates those who have served

Maddie Nistl, 9, walks with her father, Dee Nistl, an Air Force veteran, past flag-covered graves placed for Veterans Day in the veterans' section of Evergreen-Washelli cemetery, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in Seattle. Maddie has come to the cemetery every Veterans Day and Memorial Day since she was 3 years old to place roses on the graves of veterans. [Associated Press]
Maddie Nistl, 9, walks with her father, Dee Nistl, an Air Force veteran, past flag-covered graves placed for Veterans Day in the veterans' section of Evergreen-Washelli cemetery, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in Seattle. Maddie has come to the cemetery every Veterans Day and Memorial Day since she was 3 years old to place roses on the graves of veterans. [Associated Press]
Published Nov. 11, 2014

In small communities and large cities alike, people gathered Tuesday to honor those who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at Arlington National Cemetery during a Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony, said that the United States has never before "asked so much over such a sustained period of an all-volunteer force."

The last U.S. veteran of World War I is gone and the ranks of World War II and Korean War vets are dwindling. Now there are more than 200,000 U.S. troops serving overseas, including service members permanently stationed at bases around the world and others deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa and other hotspots. Of those, nearly 20,000 are in Afghanistan.

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

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