Veterans Day in the USA

VETERANS DAY 2

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

Christine retired as a nurse practitioner in 2013 and became a writer, copyeditor, co-author and blogger. She has been in California 30 plus years. She came from the east coast and lived in the northwest. In-between, there were moves to Europe and Asia in the 70s and 80s. She's living the good life in the SoCal sunshine with Robert and doggies, Sammy and Charley. http://cerobinsonauthor.com
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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.

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  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.

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  3. C.E.Robinson says:

    Reblogged this on Before Sundown and commented:

    Honor Our Heroes Today!

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

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

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