Tue Nov 11th, 2008 at 07:47:29 AM EST
World recalls end of World War I
Ceremonies are being held across the globe to mark the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I.
Four years of trench warfare between Germany and the Allies killed some 20m people and redrew the map of Europe.
A major commemoration is taking place in Verdun, north-east France, where French and German troops fought for eight months.
The battle was the war's longest, and Verdun has since become a symbol of Franco-German reconciliation.
Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, and the Duchess of Cornwall are French President Nicolas Sarkozy's guests of honour at the event.
But no veterans are in attendance, says the BBC's Jonny Dymond, at the service. Not one member of the two huge armies that clashed on the fields of Verdun survives.
Only the dead are left to be remembered, and the backdrop of the service is the ossuary, which contains the bones of 130,000 men who died in the fighting.
From, Harry Patch, a surviving veteran
In November 2004 (at the age of 106), he met Charles Kuentz, a 108-year-old veteran who had fought on the German side at the battlefield of Passchendaele (and on the French side in World War II). Patch was quoted as saying: "I was a bit doubtful before meeting a German soldier. Herr Kuentz is a very nice gentleman however. He is all for a united Europe and peace - and so am I".
Commemoration of the 1918 Armistice today - afew