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  • British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron visit the Thiepval cemetery as part of ceremonies to mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice, in Thiepval, northern France, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. The memorial commemorates more than 72,000 men of British and South African forces who died in the Somme offensive of 1916. (Eliot Blondet/Pool Photo via AP)

    British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron visit the Thiepval cemetery as part of ceremonies to mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice, in Thiepval, northern France, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. The memorial commemorates more than 72,000 men of British and South African forces who died in the Somme offensive of 1916. (Eliot Blondet/Pool Photo via AP) Associated Press

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May, center, and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, left, lay wreaths at the graves of British World War I soldiers John Parr and George Ellison at the St. Symphorien cemetery in Mons, Belgium, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (Benoit Doppagne,Pool Photo via AP)

    British Prime Minister Theresa May, center, and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, left, lay wreaths at the graves of British World War I soldiers John Parr and George Ellison at the St. Symphorien cemetery in Mons, Belgium, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (Benoit Doppagne,Pool Photo via AP) Associated Press

  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, right, walk through the St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, Belgium, Friday Nov. 9, 2018, where wreaths were placed at the graves of John Parr, the first British soldier to be killed in WWI in 1914, and George Ellison, the last British soldier to be killed before Armistice in 1918. (Gareth Fuller/Pool via AP)

    Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, right, walk through the St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, Belgium, Friday Nov. 9, 2018, where wreaths were placed at the graves of John Parr, the first British soldier to be killed in WWI in 1914, and George Ellison, the last British soldier to be killed before Armistice in 1918. (Gareth Fuller/Pool via AP) Associated Press

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May, second right, and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, right, prepare to lay wreaths at the graves of British World War I soldiers John Parr and George Ellison at the St. Symphorien cemetery in Mons, Belgium, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (Benoit Doppagne, Pool Photo via AP)

    British Prime Minister Theresa May, second right, and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, right, prepare to lay wreaths at the graves of British World War I soldiers John Parr and George Ellison at the St. Symphorien cemetery in Mons, Belgium, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (Benoit Doppagne, Pool Photo via AP) Associated Press

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May, center, and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, right, walk among graves before laying wreaths at the graves of British World War I soldiers John Parr and George Ellison at the St. Symphorien cemetery in Mons, Belgium, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (Benoit Doppagne,Pool Photo via AP)

    British Prime Minister Theresa May, center, and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, right, walk among graves before laying wreaths at the graves of British World War I soldiers John Parr and George Ellison at the St. Symphorien cemetery in Mons, Belgium, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (Benoit Doppagne,Pool Photo via AP) Associated Press

  • Reenactor soldiers walk away as French President Emmanuel Macron leaves after a ceremony as part of the celebrations of the centenary of the First World War, in Morhange, eastern France, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. French President Emmanuel Macron kicks off a week of commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, which is set to mix remembrance of the past and warnings about the present surge in nationalism around the globe.

    Reenactor soldiers walk away as French President Emmanuel Macron leaves after a ceremony as part of the celebrations of the centenary of the First World War, in Morhange, eastern France, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. French President Emmanuel Macron kicks off a week of commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, which is set to mix remembrance of the past and warnings about the present surge in nationalism around the globe. Associated Press

  • This Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 photo shows the Armistice document signed by the Allies and the Germans in a carriage in Rethondes, north of Paris, at 05:00 am on Nov. 11, 1918. The document is displayed at the Vincennes castle museum in Vincennes, outside Paris, France. The Allies signed the Armistice on Nov. 11, 1918 in a train carriage in Compiegne, north of Paris, that ended hostilities with Germany and put an end to the atrocities of World War I.

    This Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 photo shows the Armistice document signed by the Allies and the Germans in a carriage in Rethondes, north of Paris, at 05:00 am on Nov. 11, 1918. The document is displayed at the Vincennes castle museum in Vincennes, outside Paris, France. The Allies signed the Armistice on Nov. 11, 1918 in a train carriage in Compiegne, north of Paris, that ended hostilities with Germany and put an end to the atrocities of World War I. Associated Press

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May, center, and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, right, lay wreaths at the graves of British World War I soldiers John Parr and George Ellison at the St. Symphorien cemetery in Mons, Belgium, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (Benoit Doppagne, Pool Photo via AP)

    British Prime Minister Theresa May, center, and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, right, lay wreaths at the graves of British World War I soldiers John Parr and George Ellison at the St. Symphorien cemetery in Mons, Belgium, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (Benoit Doppagne, Pool Photo via AP) Associated Press

  • This Oct. 19, 2018 photo shows the exact location where the Nov. 11, 1918 armistice was been signed in the forest of Compiegne, north of Paris. The French and German leaders this weekend will jointly visit the remains of the train carriage where the armistice ending World War I was signed on Nov. 11, 1918. For the French, the dining car became a shrine to peace. For Adolf Hitler, it was a symbol of the humiliation of surrender. The Nazi leader had it dragged to Germany after conquering France in World War II.

    This Oct. 19, 2018 photo shows the exact location where the Nov. 11, 1918 armistice was been signed in the forest of Compiegne, north of Paris. The French and German leaders this weekend will jointly visit the remains of the train carriage where the armistice ending World War I was signed on Nov. 11, 1918. For the French, the dining car became a shrine to peace. For Adolf Hitler, it was a symbol of the humiliation of surrender. The Nazi leader had it dragged to Germany after conquering France in World War II. Associated Press

  • In this image released by the English Cricket Board and taken on Oct. 25, 2018 a Tommy silhouette of the 'There But Not There' project on display at Lord's cricket ground to mark the ECB's Cricket Remembers campaign for the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that brought to an end World War I. The Armistice brought the fighting of World War I to an end on November 11, 1918 and 'There But Not There' is the 2018 Armistice project for the charity Remembered, to mark the centenary of the end of WW1. (Nathan Gallagher, ECB via AP)

    In this image released by the English Cricket Board and taken on Oct. 25, 2018 a Tommy silhouette of the 'There But Not There' project on display at Lord's cricket ground to mark the ECB's Cricket Remembers campaign for the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that brought to an end World War I. The Armistice brought the fighting of World War I to an end on November 11, 1918 and 'There But Not There' is the 2018 Armistice project for the charity Remembered, to mark the centenary of the end of WW1. (Nathan Gallagher, ECB via AP) Associated Press

  • Graves are silhouetted at the cemetery by the Ossuary of Douaumont near Verdun, northeastern France, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 during ceremonies marking the centenary of World War I globe.

    Graves are silhouetted at the cemetery by the Ossuary of Douaumont near Verdun, northeastern France, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 during ceremonies marking the centenary of World War I globe. Associated Press

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, second right, prepare to lay wreaths at the graves of British World War I soldiers John Parr and George Ellison at the St. Symphorien cemetery in Mons, Belgium, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (Benoit Doppagne,Pool Photo via AP)

    British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, second right, prepare to lay wreaths at the graves of British World War I soldiers John Parr and George Ellison at the St. Symphorien cemetery in Mons, Belgium, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (Benoit Doppagne,Pool Photo via AP) Associated Press

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel walk at the St. Symphorien cemetery in Mons, Belgium, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. Wreaths were layed at the graves of British World War I soldiers John Parr and George Ellison. (Benoit Doppagne, Pool Photo via AP)

    British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel walk at the St. Symphorien cemetery in Mons, Belgium, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. Wreaths were layed at the graves of British World War I soldiers John Parr and George Ellison. (Benoit Doppagne, Pool Photo via AP) Associated Press

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, center, prepare to lay wreaths at the graves of British World War I soldiers John Parr and George Ellison at the St. Symphorien cemetery in Mons, Belgium, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (Benoit Doppagne,Pool Photo via AP)

    British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, center, prepare to lay wreaths at the graves of British World War I soldiers John Parr and George Ellison at the St. Symphorien cemetery in Mons, Belgium, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (Benoit Doppagne,Pool Photo via AP) Associated Press

  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, right, walk through the St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, Belgium, Friday Nov. 9, 2018, where wreaths were placed at the graves of John Parr, the first British soldier to be killed in WWI in 1914, and George Ellison, the last British soldier to be killed before Armistice in 1918. (Gareth Fuller/Pool via AP)

    Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, right, walk through the St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, Belgium, Friday Nov. 9, 2018, where wreaths were placed at the graves of John Parr, the first British soldier to be killed in WWI in 1914, and George Ellison, the last British soldier to be killed before Armistice in 1918. (Gareth Fuller/Pool via AP) Associated Press

  • The wreath of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May at the grave of John Parr, the first British soldier to be killed in WWI in 1914, at the St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, Friday Nov. 9, 2018. (Gareth Fuller/Pool via AP)

    The wreath of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May at the grave of John Parr, the first British soldier to be killed in WWI in 1914, at the St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, Friday Nov. 9, 2018. (Gareth Fuller/Pool via AP) Associated Press

PARIS -- The Latest on events marking the centennial of Armistice Day (all times local):

5:20 p.m.

U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton is countering the notion that the United States is isolationist, saying that Trump's participation in international celebrations marking the end of World War I shows "his commitment to a common defense."

Bolton said Friday in Paris that throughout U.S. history, "we were never isolationist," just not always focused on Europe.

Trump has alienated some European allies, notably by pulling out of agreements such as the Iranian nuclear accord and Paris climate agreement.

Asked about the U.S. decision to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Bolton said the treaty has been subsumed by technological advances since it was signed in the 1980s. He reiterated that Russia is in violation of the treaty, which Moscow denies.

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1:20 p.m.

As world leaders prepare to mark 100 years since the armistice that ended World War I, British Prime Minister Theresa May has paid respects to the first and last British soldier killed in the fighting.

At a ceremony at the Saint Symphorien cemetery in Mons, Belgium, May lay wreaths at two graves. One holds the remains of Pvt. John Parr, killed Aug. 21, 1914 in the woods south of Brussels at age 17.

The other, nearby, is the grave of Pvt. George Ellison, who survived some of the war's worst battles but was shot and killed in a Belgian pasture on Nov. 11, 1918 - the war's last day.

May is among some 60 world leaders marking the anniversary of the Nov. 11, 1918 armistice at multiple events.

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10:15 a.m.

Paris, the City of Light, always was the grandest prize of World War I, either to conquer or defend.

So it is only fitting that when victors and vanquished meet to mark the centennial of the armistice this weekend, the biggest ceremony should be on the famed Champs-Elysees at the Arc de Triomphe.

About 60 leaders will mark the cease-fire that came on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

U.S. President Donald Trump will be among those who join his French counterpart and host, Emmanuel Macron, and others to remember the millions who died during the first global conflict.

Carrying the heritage of defeated Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel will be visiting the site in the woods north of Paris where military leaders in a train carriage agreed to the armistice.

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