US Airmen honor fallen at Remembrance Day events

U.S. Airmen stationed at RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall march in a Remembrance Day parade in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England, Nov. 12, 2017. Members of the U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force, civic leaders, military cadets and others also participated. They gathered around the town square with a crowd of supporters to offer prayers and thanks to those soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the wars. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kelly O'Connor)

U.S. Airmen stationed at RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall march in a Remembrance Day parade in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England, Nov. 12, 2017. Members of the U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force, civic leaders, military cadets and others also participated. They gathered around the town square with a crowd of supporters to offer prayers and thanks to those soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the wars. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kelly O'Connor)

U.S. Airmen from the 100th Air Refueling Wing stand in formation during a Remembrance Day ceremony in Mildenhall, England, Nov. 12, 2017. Airmen, civic leaders, military cadets and others gathered to honor members of the armed services who have died in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Cooper)

U.S. Airmen from the 100th Air Refueling Wing stand in formation during a Remembrance Day ceremony in Mildenhall, England, Nov. 12, 2017. Airmen, civic leaders, military cadets and others gathered to honor members of the armed services who have died in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Cooper)

U.S. Airmen from RAF Mildenhall and local representatives prepare to lay wreaths of poppies on the St. John’s Church War Graves Memorial in Beck Row, England, Nov. 12, 2017.  The red flowers were chosen as the symbol of Remembrance Day to commemorate the lives lost in the poppy fields of Flanders, Belgium, during World War I. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho)

U.S. Airmen from RAF Mildenhall and local representatives prepare to lay wreaths of poppies on the St. John’s Church War Graves Memorial in Beck Row, England, Nov. 12, 2017. The red flowers were chosen as the symbol of Remembrance Day to commemorate the lives lost in the poppy fields of Flanders, Belgium, during World War I. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho)

RAF MILDENHALL, England -- U.S. Airmen from RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath participated in Remembrance Day events in the area Nov. 11-12.

Airmen laid poppy wreathes, marched in parades and attended church services with British colleagues and neighbors, honoring the sacrifices of service members for all armed conflicts.

They participated in many ceremonies, including services in Bury St. Edmunds, Mildenhall, Ely, Thetford, Newmarket and Thorpe Abbotts.

The day was originally named Armistice Day after World War I, which ended at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. The day was changed to Remembrance Day after World War II to honor all men and women who gave their lives in support of freedom.

Remembrance Day is more closely related to U.S. Memorial Day than Veterans Day. Memorial Day also remembers the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces, while Veterans Day honors all veterans who have served in the armed forces.