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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (third from right) and a Brazilian general pay their respects during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National Monument for the Casualties of World War II in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (third from right) and a Brazilian general pay their respects during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National Monument for the Casualties of World War II in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

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