Chief Master Sgt. Bill Ross, a 35-year Air Force veteran (l.) and boy scouts Tyler Pollock and Liam Gallagher salute in honor of war veterans in Freeport, Maine, on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The boy scouts and other volunteers raised 50 casket flags donated by the families of Freeport veterans. Robert F. Bukaty/AP
US Marine Corps Brigadier General Steven W. Busby (l.) uses a ceremonial sword to cut a cake celebrating the Corps' 235th birthday, accompanied by World War II Navajo Code Talkers on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The Code Talkers are: Keith Little (second l.), Joe Vendever (second from r.), and Bahe Ketchum (r.). Richard Drew/AP
US Marine Capt. Jill A. Leyden of Easton, Maryland, places a flag at the grave of her friend Major Megan M. McClung at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Major McClung was killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom on December 6, 2006. Capt. Leyden and McClung served together in Iraq. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Don Bill plays during the lowering of the flag in front of the Hamilton Community Building, on Nov. 7, in honor of veterans during the Harrison, Ohio, Veterans Day celebration. Ernest Coleman/The Cincinnati Enquirer/AP
The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans is seen in Wheaton, Ill., on Oct. 6. John Gress/Reuters
The swearing into active duty of 115 young men and women into all branches of the military service was a feature of the California Disabled Veterans Business Alliance Annual Veterans Celebration held in Burbank, Calif., on Nov. 9. Disabled veterans from WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, and current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan hosted some 50 celebrities from motion pictures, television, and the sports world who came to congratulate and thank those in uniform. Phil McCarten/AP Images for Business Matchmaking, Inc.
Kentucky School for the Deaf Kindergartner Micah Tucker waves a American flag at the school on Nov. 9, during a Veteran's Day ceremony in Danville, Ky. Clay Jackson/The Advocate-Messenger/AP
Fans wave flags to celebrate Veterans Day before a NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys in Green Bay, Wis., on Nov. 7. Darren Hauck/Reuters
A wreath honors Jewish war veterans of America and the US military in Germany during a commemoration at the cemetery in Frankfurt, Germany, on Nov. 7. Army delegations from Germany, Austria, the USA, and Israel honored Jewish soldiers killed in action during World War I at a central service in Frankfurt. Martin Meissner/AP
The Alabama Veterans Memorial Foundation hosts a patriotic tribute at Veterans Memorial Park, in Birmingham, Ala., on Nov. 7. The event featured educational and patriotic activities, a flag presentation and a ceremony, Honoring Our Fallen Heroes and their Families, which commemorates Alabama veterans whose names have been inscribed on the Hall of Honor walls as well as ceremonies honoring all veterans. Brittany Loyde with the Woodlawn High School Jr. ROTC assists with the raising of the new flag donated by Woodmen of the World to Veterans Park. Jeff Roberts/The Birmingham News/AP
War Veteran Jim McNamee, from Gloucester City, salutes the flag during a Veterans Day ceremony at Cooper River in Pennsauken, N.J. Jose Fidel Moreno/Courier-Post/AP
Fourth-grade teacher Becky Luckett wipes away tears on Nov. 5, during West Louisville Elementary School's ninth annual Veterans Day celebration in West Louisville, Ky. She left the gym during a documentary interview with World War II veteran William Brey. 'We don't realize what these men have gone through,' Luckett said. John Dunham/Messenger-Inquirer/AP
Bert Casas and her mother, Mary Elizondo (r.) watch the Veterans Parade in San Antonio on Nov. 6. Elizondo's husband and Casas' father is an Army veteran who served in Korea. Lisa Krantz/San Antonio Express-News/AP
Disabled WWII Army Air Corps veteran Chris Borg, watches a practice run for Wings Over Homestead Air Show, Nov. 6- 7, at Homestead Air Reserve Base in Homestead, Fla., on Nov. 5. Veterans from the Miami VA Medical Center were honored with a practice run by Navy Blue Angel Demonstration Team and Disabled American Veterans. Alan Diaz/AP
In this Nov. 3 photo, Zach Ginnaty of Kalispell, Mont., power- washes the top of the Veterans Memorial in Kalispell, Mont. The Memorial and the Walkway will be thoroughly cleaned and will have new engraved bricks and new bronze name plates installed in time for the Veteran's Day ceremony which will take place on Nov. 11. Brenda Ahearn/The Daily Inter Lake/AP
Veteran Brian Mikels of Wetumpka, Ala., stands among American flags as he participates in a memorial service for fallen soldiers at the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., on Oct. 27. Dave Martin/AP
The Chinese government says it has cleaned up rumors and and libelous information on the Internet. Observers argue the government crackdown has lead to self-censorhip and curtailed speech.
Didi Tang, Associated Press /
November 30, 2013
The Chinese government has declared victory in cleaning up what it considers rumors, negativity and unruliness from online discourse, while critics say the moves have suppressed criticism of the government and ruling Communist Party.