World War I vets fading into history

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The "war to end all wars" didn't.

But the people who lived through World War I, and gave it that designation, perhaps figured that any conflict that killed 15 million soldiers and civilians would leave a lasting impression.

They also created an annual reminder of that war in Armistice Day - marking the truce that ended four years of battle on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

Then came World War II and the realization of even greater losses. Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day.

As the number of people who marked the original holiday dwindles, so, too, do the ranks of those who fought in a war that saw the first widespread use of airplanes, machine guns, tanks, submarines and poison gas.

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