Veterans Day is originally known as “Armistice Day.” This holiday occurred on November 11, 1919, commemorating the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans, including those past and present veterans who served our country.
It takes a special kind of person to serve and protect the United States. Our military personnel are an important part of our country. Here are some quick facts about veterans in the United States (according to www.history.com):
- 19 million living veterans served during at least one war as of April 2021.
- 11 percent of veterans are female.
- 5.9 million veterans served during the Vietnam War.
- 7.8 million veterans served in the Gulf War era.
- Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 240,000 are still alive in 2021.
- 933,000 veterans served during the Korean War.
- As of this year, the top three U.S. states with the largest number of veterans are Alaska, Virginia and Montana.
To our men and women in uniform, past, present, and future- thank you!