Veteran’s Day…A Few Facts…Remember, Thank A Veteran

By  | November 8, 2017 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

Veterans Day observance is always on November 11 with speeches and parades all across the United States. Veterans Day honors American veterans…whether they are alive or deceased…but is especially about thanking living veterans who served during war or peacetime.

The holiday began as Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I.  In 1926, Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance and in 1938, November  11 became a national holiday.

In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation changing the name to Veterans Day in order to honor veterans of all American wars.

Veterans by the War

Thirty-five percent of all living veterans served during the Vietnam War. In 2009, there were:

7.6 million Vietnam-era veterans. (1964-1975)
4.5 million Gulf War veterans. (August 1990 to present)
2.3 million World War II veterans. (1941-1945)
2.7 million veterans of the Korean War. (1950-1953)
47,000 veterans of both the Vietnam and Gulf War eras.

According to statistics released by the Veteran’s Administration, our World War II vets are dying at a rate of approximately 492 a day. This means there are approximately only 855,070 veterans remaining of the 16 million who served our nation in World War II.  By 2036, it is estimated there will be no living veterans of World War II left to recount their experiences.

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