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Today, November 11 is Veterans’ Day in the United States and Remembrance Day here in the United Kingdom.

It is a day we pay respect to those who have served in our nations’ armed services.

Remembrance Day is marked in the UK by the symbol of the poppy, a flower that covered the battlefields of World War I in France and Belgium where so many lost their lives. The presence of the poppy is ubiquitous around London every November and it is reaffirming to see so much support for veterans and the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

In honor of the day, above is a picture of one of the many memorials in London that have been draped in wreaths of poppies. However, I like the simplicity of one poppy pin stuck in this bronze Royal Naval memorial on the Thames Embankment.