Happy Veterans Day, originated as “Armistice Day” on 11 November 1919, the 1st anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress approved a resolution in 1926 for a yearly observance, and 11 November became a national holiday starting in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans – dead or living – but mainly gives thanks to living veterans who served their country bravely during peacetime or war.
Happy Veterans Today
The military women and men who serve and save the U.S. come from all walks of life; they are children, parents, friends, grandparents, coworkers, and neighbours, and are a vital part of their communities. Here are some facts about the veteran population of America:
- 2 million living veterans served during at least 1 war as of 2018
- Nine per cent of veterans are women
- Seven million veterans served during the Vietnam War
- Three million veterans have served in support of the War on Terrorism
- Connecticut was house to the highest percent of World War 2 veterans as of 2018 at 7.1%.
- Of the sixteen million Americans who served during World War 2, approximately 496,777 were still alive as of 2018.
- Two million veterans served during the Korean War.
- As of 2017, the top 3 states with the highest percentage of Veterans were Maine, Alaska, and Montana, respectively.
When is Veterans Day?
Veterans Day happens on 11 November every year in America.
In 1954, President Dwight Deisenhofer officially replaced the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
France, Great Britain, Canada, and Australia also commemorate the veterans of World War I and World War ii on or close to the 11 November: Canada has Remembrance Day, while the U.K. has Remembrance Sunday.