Veterans Day in the USA


Dating back to the early 20th century, this honorable holiday is one of the most reverent days in the United States. Veterans Day is especially important now, due to the declining number of living veterans from World War I. Many Americans have grandparents who remember the end of the Great War, but few have great grandparents who were actually old enough to serve in the war.

Although the holiday originated for World War I, it is now celebrated to include all veterans of wars, conflicts and active duty service. In the United States, the armed service community is very tight, and the army, navy, air force, National Guard and reserves of the US have been very important in shaping the country as well as the entire world.

Facts about veterans

 Number: There are nearly 22M living US veterans

When they served: 16.5M are wartime veterans, 5.5M peacetime

Wars: Gulf and later – 7M; Vietnam – 7.2M, Korea – 1.9M, WWII – 1M

Gender: 20M men and 2M women

Age: Under 50 – 28%, 50-64 – 27%, 65 and older – 45%

Branch: Army – 9.2M, Navy – 4.8M, Air Force – 4M, Marines – 2.3M


About C.E.Robinson

Sunny southern California has been home for the past 30 years, a transplant from the east coast, Europe, Asia, and the northwest. In 2014 I retired as a nurse practitioner to be a stay-at-home writer, co-author, and blogger. From the blog beginning, Before Sundown has been honored with awards, and blog tours. I’m ever grateful for my dedicated worldwide followers who like, share and tweet posts. Before Sundown’s Welcome Page is full of glorious sunsets and sunrises. The New Featured Monthly Sunrise or Sunset Header and mini-bio promote and support blogger friends. What better way to keep the blog theme, “remember what made you smile” than to give visitors something to smile about!
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12 Responses to Veterans Day in the USA

  1. Angie K says:

    I didn’t realises Americans celebrate this today, same as the UK. Brave men.


  2. Sammy D. says:

    Great post, Christine. Thank you for being part of our nation’s ‘honor guard’. We must always remember what they gave.


  3. C.E.Robinson says:

    Reblogged this on Before Sundown and commented:

    Honor Our Heroes Today!


  4. We owe them a great debt of gratitude. Thanks for helping to honor our veterans today.


  5. Wow. I’m overwhelmed by the numbers. I knew there were many, but the breakdown hurts.
    ❤ ❤


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