Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for them, our veterans.
Presidential Proclamation on Veterans Day, 2019
On November 11, Americans commemorate the service, sacrifice, and immeasurable contributions of our Nation’s veterans who have proudly worn our country’s uniform to defend and preserve our precious liberty. As we celebrate Veterans Day, we pause to recognize the brave men and women who have fearlessly and faithfully worked to defend the United States and our freedom. Their devotion to duty and patriotism deserves the respect and admiration of our grateful Nation each and every day. We are forever thankful for the many heroes among us who have bravely fought around the world to protect us all.DONALD J. TRUMP
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A short history and some numbers.
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, by President Woodrow Wilson. The purpose of Armistice day was to honor the fallen soldiers of The Great War (World War I).
World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. However, the fighting ended about seven months earlier when the Allies and Germany put into effect an armistice on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
In 1926, Congress adopted a resolution requesting President Coolidge issue annual proclamations on November 11, making Armistice Day a legal holiday.
In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
- 18.2 million living veterans served during at least one war as of 2018.
- Nine percent of veterans are women.
- Seven million veterans served during the Vietnam War.
- Three million veterans have served in support of the War on Terrorism.
- Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 496,777 were still alive as of 2018.
- Connecticut was home to the highest percentage of World War II veterans as of 2018 at 7.1 percent.
- Two million veterans served during the Korean War.
- As of 2017, the top three states with the highest percentage of Veterans were Alaska, Maine, and Montana, respectively.
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