One hundred years ago, on November 11, 1919, it was the first anniversary of the end of World War I. On that anniversary, Veterans Day, which was originally called “Armistice Day” was originated. Armistice Day officially became a national holiday in 1938 and in 1954, President Eisenhower changed the name of national holiday to Veterans Day. On Veterans Day we honor all American veterans of all wars—the living and the fallen.
Thank you to the brave men and women who serve and protect the United States of America. Today, we share a few facts about our veteran population:
- 18.2 million living veterans served during at least one war as of 2018.
- 9 percent of veterans are women.
- 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War.
- 3 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.
- 2 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.
Thank you, Veterans for keeping us free and safe!