The military men & women who serve(ed) & protect(ed) the U.S. come from all gender, religions, & backgrounds; they are spouses, parents, children, grandparents, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and an important part of our communities.
- Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I;
- Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime;
- Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938;
- In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day;
- In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.
- 16.1 million living veterans served during at least one war;
- 5.2 million veterans served in peacetime;
- 2 million veterans are women;
- 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War;
- 5.5 million veterans served during the Persian Gulf War;
- Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 558,000 are still alive;
- 2 million veterans served during the Korean War;
- 6 million veterans served in peacetime;
- As of 2014, 2.9 million veterans received compensation for service-connected disabilities;
- As of 2014, 3 states have more than 1 million veterans among their population: California (1.8 million), Florida (1.6 million) and Texas (1.7 million);
- The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it has expanded to include 171 medical centers; more than 350 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 live-in care facilities for injured or disabled vets.
- Great Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World War I and World War II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November).
- In Europe, Great Britain and the Commonwealth countries, two minutes of silence are observed at 11 a.m. every November 11.
To all our listeners who are Vets, & those who have family/loved ones who are Vets, we humbly, proudly salute you.
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