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November 12, 2012 -- Updated 1628 GMT (0028 HKT)
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Life lessons from veterans
Life lessons from veterans
Life lessons from veterans
Life lessons from veterans
Life lessons from veterans
Life lessons from veterans
Life lessons from veterans
Life lessons from veterans
Life lessons from veterans
Life lessons from veterans
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Veterans Day is celebrated November 11
  • CNN iReport invited readers to send tributes to friends and family members who have served in the U.S. armed forces
  • Loved ones shared lessons learned from their veterans

(CNN) -- Push yourself. Cherish family. Vote. On this Veterans Day, CNN iReporters share the most important lessons they've learned from vets in their lives.

We heard from wives, girlfriends, husbands, children, grandchildren and friends of some of the 21.5 million veterans alive in the U.S. today -- and some who are no longer with us.

Visit CNNiReport.com to see all the submissions and share your own.

CNN's Daphne Sashin, Jamescia Thomas and Rachel Rodriguez contributed to this report.

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