November 11, 2012
Submarine veteran Lawrence Check, who served on the USS Sam Houston, adjusts his garrison cap during the 31st annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Atlanta, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
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The holiday falls on a Sunday, and the federal observance is on Monday. It's the first such day honoring the men and women who served in uniform since the last U.S. troops left Iraq in December 2011.