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A bemedalled Chelsea Pensioner walks amongst red poppies in the moat at the Tower of London in London, Britain, 01 August 2014. The Tower of London moat is slowly turning red as some 888,246 ceramic poppies are planted in memory of the British and Commonwealth dead from World War I. The year 2014 sees the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI, or the Great War, which according to official statistics cost more than 37 million military and civilian casualties between 1914 and 1918.

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A Chelsea Pensioner walks among poppies in the moat at the Tower of London on Friday. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the first world war, which cost more than 37 million military and civilian casualties between 1914 and 1918.

70th anniversary of D-Day campaign

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D-Day veteran 88-year-old Victor Walker, formerly of HMS Versatile, arrives at Bayeux Cathedral for a commemorative service to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings during the second world war

World War II veteran Herbert Beddows, 92 years-old from Britain who served with three different commandos and landed on Sword Beach on June 6, 1944, poses on the beach front outside Colleville-Montgomery

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British World War II veteran Herbert Beddows, 92, who served with three commandos and landed on Sword Beach on June 6, 1944, poses on the beach front outside Colleville-Montgomery, in northern France, on Wednesday. This week marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings

An Australian war veteran takes part in the annual ANZAC Day Parade

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An Australian war veteran takes part in the annual ANZAC day parade in Sydney on Friday

Normandy Veteran, sapper John Buchanan Smith, 91, poses for a photograph at a remembrance and wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the start of the D-Day landings at Bayeux War Cemetery on June 6, 2013 in Bayeux, France. Across Normandy several hundred of the surviving veterans of the Normandy campaign are gathering to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the D-Day landings which eventually led to the Allied liberation of France in 1944. Next year, which will mark the 70th anniversary of the landings, is widely expected to be the last time that the veterans will gather in any great number.

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Normandy Veteran, sapper John Buchanan Smith, 91, at a remembrance and wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the start of the D-Day landings at Bayeux War Cemetery on Thursday in Bayeux, FranceRead more

A World War Two veteran leaves after a ceremony marking Victory Day, the anniversary of the victory of the Allies over Nazi Germany, in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon May 8, 2013.

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A second world war veteran leaves after a ceremony marking Victory Day, the anniversary of the victory of the allies over Nazi Germany, in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.