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On Veterans Day, people across America will thank veterans and active-duty military personnel for their service.

But many members of the public don’t have a clear understanding of what service means to people in the military. How do they honor their own? What kind of spaces and activities help them reflect and remember — beyond one day a year?

Katrina Finkelstein is a PhD student and Derek H. Alderman is a professor of geography at the University of Tennessee. They wrote this for The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.

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