US troops in Afghanistan observe Veterans Day

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Posted: Nov 11, 2009 12:21 PM

American troops in Afghanistan have been commemorating Veterans Day with ceremonies for those killed in conflict.

Also known as Armistice Day, Nov. 11 marks the day in 1918 when the Allies and Germany signed an armistice formally ending World War I.

At Camp Eggers in Kabul on Wednesday, U.S. soldiers stood to attention during a ceremony before observing a moment of silence.

Commanding General MG Richard P. Formica said: "We pause today as a coalition command just as our nation will pause at home to remember those who have served to honor their service and their sacrifice."

More than 800 U.S. service members have died in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan to oust the Taliban regime.