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Veteran Day facts

Post by koimaster » November 6th 2021, 8:39am

Veterans Day is November 11th. The holiday pays tribute to all Americans who have served our country during wartime or peacetime. We honor our veterans for their contribution to the safety and security of our country and its citizens.

The military men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life and are important members of our communities; they are parents, grandparents, children, friends, neighbors, and coworkers.

In addition to thanking the veterans in your life for their service (which you should absolutely do), why not use the holiday as a chance to learn more about its history and about our veterans themselves?

In honor of those who have served, we’ve compiled a list of interesting facts you may not know about Veterans Day and the heroes it celebrates.

1. It Was Originally Called "Armistice Day"

The Armistice of 11 November 1918 was signed at Compiègne, France, officially ending World War I between the Allies and their last remaining opponent, Germany. The armistice took effect at 11 a.m. on the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919, to be the first commemoration of Armistice Day. The name for Armistice Day in the U.S. was changed in 1954, when President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day.

2. France, Britain, Canada, and Australia Also Honor Veterans on or Near November 11

Several countries have their own holidays recognizing veterans and those who have died in wars that fall on or around November 11. However, the holiday goes by a different name outside the United States. In Canada, it's called Remembrance Day, and many in the UK observe both Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November) and Armistice Day.

3. The U.S. Hasn’t Always Celebrated Veterans Day in November

In an effort to increase the number of three-day weekends for federal employees (and encourage travel), the U.S. Congress moved Veterans Day to the fourth Monday of October through the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968. The law went into effect in 1971.

Due to the important historical significance of the date (and some states refusing to observe a different day), President Gerald Ford moved Veterans Day back to November 11 in 1975.

4. There Are Roughly 18 Million Veterans in the United States

Here are some facts from the U.S. Census Bureau about the veteran population of the United States:

Between 2000 and 2018, the number of veterans in the United States declined by about a third, from 26 million to 18 million.

Fewer than 500,000 World War II veterans were alive in 2018, down from 5.7 million in 2000.

Women make up a growing share of veterans. About 1.7 million, or 9% of veterans, were women in 2018. It is projected that number will jump to 17% by 2040.

The largest group of living veterans in 2018 served during the Vietnam Era (6.4 million), which lasted from 1964 to 1975. The second-largest group of living veterans served during peacetime only (4.0 million).
The median age of veterans in 2018 was 65.

Veterans from recent service periods have the highest levels of education. More than three-quarters of post-9/11 and Gulf War veterans had at least some college experience, and more than one-third of Gulf War veterans had a college degree.

5. You Can Support Veterans Any Time of Year
From writing a letter to a veteran to volunteering at a VA hospital, there are many small ways you can show your gratitude to the veterans in your community. There are also many charitable organizations dedicated to supporting veterans around the country.


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