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Veteran’s day facts

Veterans Day is the day we remember and honor all men and women who have fought in combat since World War I. It is marked each year on November 11th, the anniversary of the signing of the armistice (cease-fire) that ended that war. The armistice was signed in 1918, and President Woodrow Wilson first began the tradition of it as a day of American national remembrance in November 1919. In 1938, it became an official national holiday, and in 1954 it became known as Veterans Day instead of Armistice Day.

 

Some facts about this commemoration:

  • The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery was dedicated, in 1921, to the memory of all military personnel who were not able to be identified before burial.
  • Across the country, many restaurants and fast food chains offer free meals to veterans.
  • In New Zealand, France, Belgium, and Serbia, it is still known as Armistice Day.
  • In most British Commonwealth countries, such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and South Africa, it is known as Remembrance Day.
  • In Europe, it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.
  • Unlike in the US, where there is a Memorial Day, in most other nations, November 11th serves as a memorial only for those who have died while serving their country.
  • Red poppies are associated with remembrance because, particularly in Belgium, poppies quickly grew up in the fields where soldiers were buried during World War I.

 

Veterans numbers

  • 6 million living veterans served during at least one war.
  • 2 million veterans served in peacetime.
  • 2 million veterans are women.
  • As of 2017, 2.9 million veterans received compensation for service-connected disabilities.
  • As of 2017, 3 states have more than 1 million veterans among their population:
  • California (1.8 million)
  • Florida (1.6 million)
  • Texas (1.7 million)

 

The table below has information about the total number of service members, battle deaths, and living veterans in wars from 1775 to 2017:

 

WAR

Total servicemembers

Battle deaths

Living veterans

American Revolution (1775-1783)

217,000

4,435

 

War of 1812 (1812-1815)

286,730

2,260

 

Indian Wars (1817-1898)

106,001

1,001

 

Mexican War (1846-1848)

78,718

1,733

 

Civil War (1861-1865)

2,213,363 (Union) 1,050,000 (Conf)

140,414 (Union) 74,524 (Conf)

 

Spanish-American (1898-1902)

306,760

385

 

World War I (1917-1918)

4,734,991

53,402

 

World War II (1940-1945)

16,112,566

291,557

1,711,001

Korean War (1950-1953)

5,720,000

33,739

2,275,000

Vietnam War (1964-1975)

8,744,000

47,434

7,391,000

Gulf War (1990-1991)

2,322,000

148

2,244,583

Recent Global Wars

4,000 (Iraq)

6,000 (Siria)

11,000 (Afghanistan)

6,930

 

                                    Sources: Department of Defense and Veterans Administration (through infoplease.com)

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