Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. 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. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. For more on the history of Veterans Day, visit: https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp
National Veterans Day Ceremony
The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.
U.S. Veteran Stats
There are approximately 21 million military veterans in the United States.
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 era (1964-1975).
5.5 million veterans served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present).
Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II (1941-1945), about 620,000 are still alive.
2 million veterans served during the Korean War (1950-1953).
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 in among their population: California (1.8 million), Florida (1.6 million), Texas (1.7 million).
Are You a Veteran?
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Keep in mind that most businesses require proof of military service, which can include a VA Universal Access Card, Military I.D., DD-214 (Discharge Papers), Veterans Service Organization Card (VSO’s include groups like the VFW, DAV, AmVets, MOAA, FRA, and the American Legion), or in some cases businesses will accept a picture of the veteran in uniform.
Want to Help
To volunteer to help our Veterans, please visit http://www.volunteer.va.gov
From all of us at Close Range Safety Training Academy, we thank you Veterans for helping afford us our freedom and for the sacrifices you have made to aid in our safety.