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Sri Lankan army commandos march during a Victory Day parade rehearsal in Colombo on May 17, 2013. Sri Lanka celebrates War Heroes month with a military parade scheduled for May 18. The parade celebrates the fourth anniversary of the military defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009, ending a 37-year long separatist conflict. AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S. KODIKARAIshara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images

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Sri Lankan army commandos march during a Victory Day parade rehearsal in Colombo on Friday. Sri Lanka celebrates War Heroes month with a military parade scheduled on Saturday. The parade celebrates the fourth anniversary of the military defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009, ending a 37-year long separatist conflict.

Russian-Israeli World War II veteran poses for a photograph during a street parade, not pictured, marking Victory day in Haifa, Israel, Friday, May 10, 2013. Israeli World War II veterans from the former Soviet Union marched together with their families in Haifa Friday to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the Allies victory over Nazi Germany in 1945. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

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A Russian-Israeli second world war veteran poses for a photograph during a street parade marking Victory day in Haifa, Israel on Friday. The veterans, originally from the former Soviet Union, marched together with their families in the city on Friday to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the allies’ victory over Nazi Germany in 1945. Read 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.