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Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11th, but will be observed on the following Monday, a national holiday honoring all the men and women who have served in American wars with parades, speeches and a remembrance ceremony in Arlington, VA. The day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov.11, 1919, marking the first anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1926, Congress passed a resolution to make the day an annual observance, before President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared Veterans Day a national holiday in 1954.
In honor of Veterans Day, the U.S. Census Bureau has released a Facts for Feature special with statistics regarding the nation’s veteran population.
Veterans Day 2018 Facts
- There were 18.2 million military veterans in the U.S. in 2017
- Women comprised 1.6 million of veterans in the U.S.
- 77.3 percent of veterans are non-Hispanic white, 11.8 percent are black, 1.6 percent are Asian, 0.8 percent are American Indian/Alaska Native and 0.2 percent are Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
- 6.9 percent of veterans in 2017 were Hispanic
- Half of veterans are age 65 and older, while 8.9 percent are younger than age 35
We hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful Veterans Day. Take a moment to thank the veterans you know for their service and let us remember those who have served in history. Today, we can make a difference in making sure the veteran population continue to be socially and financially supported as they integrate into civilian life.