Chances are you know a veteran. There are more than 21.8 million of them in the United States, according to the 2010 Census.
Each year, on Nov. 11, the country honors their service … please add your pictures, comments, stories and memories about your service, or about the veterans in your life.
About Veterans Day (Source: 2010 American Community Survey)
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. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars.
- 21.8 million
The number of military veterans in the United States in 2010.
- 1.6 million
The number of female veterans in 2010.
- 2.4 million
The number of black veterans in 2010.
- 7.6 million
Number of Vietnam-era veterans in 2010. Thirty-five percent of all living veterans served during this time (1964-1975).
- 3.4 million
Number of veterans with a service-connected disability.