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Millions mark WWI Armistice Day

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Millions of people around the world have paid their respects to those who died in the First World War.

In London, crowds gathered in silence at the Cenotaph memorial. At 11 o’clock, the hour when peace was declared on November 11th, 1918, a bugler from the Scots Guards sounded the Last Post.

In Paris, President Sarkozy laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier before a two-minute silence descended on the city. The soldier was one of more than 1.3 million Frenchmen who died during the war.

In Afghanistan, US senators including former presidential candidate John McCain attended a Veterans Day ceremony in Kabul. America lost more than 100,000 soldiers after joining the struggle against Germany in 1917.

In Australia, the Governor General Quentin Bryce called on the country to never forget those who sacrificed themselves in a conflict dubbed ‘the war to end all wars’.