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Service members, families observe Veterans Day

Individuals in uniform lay flags at graves of service members.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Simona Moyal, 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron member, places a flag at the grave of a service member in observance of Veterans Day, at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, North Little Rock Nov. 7, 2018. For 100 years, America has remembered the uniformed service members serving our country on Nov. 11, first as Armistice Day, later renamed Veterans Day in 1954. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Nichols)

Individuals in uniform lay flags at graves of service members.

Flags are placed at the graves of service members in observance of Veterans Day at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, North Little Rock Nov. 7, 2018. Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1919, a year after the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Veterans Day became a national holiday in 1938. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Nichols)

Individuals in uniform lay flags at graves of service members.

A child places a flag at the grave of a service member in observance of Veterans Day at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, North Little Rock Nov. 7, 2018. In addition to the U.S., Veterans Day is also celebrated in the United Kingdom, France, Canada, Australia, Malta and South Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Nichols)

Individuals in uniform lay flags at graves of service members.

Flags are placed at the graves of service members in observance of Veterans Day at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, North Little Rock Nov. 7, 2018. Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1919, a year after the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Veterans Day became a national holiday in 1938. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Nichols)

Individuals in uniform lay flags at graves of service members.

U.S. Air Force Airmen and U.S. Army Soldiers place flags together at graves of service members in observance of Veterans Day, at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, North Little Rock Nov. 7, 2018. In the U.S., Veterans Day is commemorated with ceremonial events such as parades, and wreath laying ceremonies to honor those who have served, and continue to serve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Nichols)

Individuals in uniform lay flags at graves of service members.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Rajaahn Dollente, 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron member, places a flag at the grave of a service member in observance of Veterans Day, at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, North Little Rock Nov. 7, 2018. Veterans Day honors the men and women of the armed forces who have served, and continue to serve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Nichols)

Individuals in uniform lay flags at graves of service members.

An Airman places a flag at the grave of a service member in observance of Veterans Day, at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, North Little Rock Nov. 7, 2018. The federal holiday pays tribute to the men and women of the United States armed forces. This includes everyone who has served in the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. National Guard, U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Coast Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Nichols)

Individuals in uniform lay flags at graves of service members.

A U.S. Air Force Airman carries flags to graves of a service members in observance of Veterans Day, at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, North Little Rock Nov. 7, 2018. In the United States, an official wreath-laying ceremony is held each Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, while parades and other celebrations are held in states around the country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Nichols)

Individuals in uniform lay flags at graves of service members.

U.S. Air Force Airmen place flags at graves of service members in observance of Veterans Day at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, North Little Rock Nov. 7, 2018. The federal holiday began on November 11, 1919 when U.S. President Woodrow Wilson set aside the day to honor the soldiers who had fought in World War I. Armistice Day was created and the date was chosen because it was at 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918 that the Allied Nations and Germany called armistice, which ultimately ended the four-year, three month long “Great War.” In 1954, U.S. officials changed the name to Veterans Day to include the men and women who had fought in World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Nichols)

Individuals in uniform lay flags at graves of service members.
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A U.S. Air Force Airman places a flag at the grave of a service member in observance of Veterans Day, at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, North Little Rock Nov. 7, 2018. Veterans Day, November 11th of each year, is a federal holiday in the United States to honor all those who have served in the U.S. military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Nichols)

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An Airman carries flags to at the grave of a service members in observance of Veterans Day, at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, North Little Rock Nov. 7, 2018. Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military -- in wartime or during peacetime. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Nichols)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

Service members, families and community members from the surrounding area observed Veterans Day by placing flags on the graves of service members at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock, Nov. 7, 2018.

The remembrance was carried out at other cemeteries throughout the state as a precursor to Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2018.

Veterans Day is commemorated with ceremonial events such as parades and wreath-laying ceremonies to honor those who have served, and those who continue to serve.

“Coming out here with my fellow service members and community was a great exercise in camaraderie,” said Staff Sgt. Frank Mitchell, volunteer and 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron individual protective equipment supervisor. “Honoring veterans with the flag we all enlisted under gives me the sense of serving alongside them.”

Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1919, a year after the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.

“The patriots that were called before us, fought for and secured the way of life we cherish today,” said U.S. Air Force Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Mobility Command commander, in her Veterans Day message. “Now, you have volunteered to pick up that sacred mantle and carry it for America. We are humbled to earn the lifelong title of Veteran because it carries with it the love, respect and trust of our nation.”