From the U.S. Census:
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking 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. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation and a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The ceremony honors and thanks all who served in the U.S. armed forces.
The collection includes a variety of statistics with links to the source report/document including:
- 1.7 million
The number of female veterans in the United States in 2018.
- 18.0 million
The number of military veterans in the United States in 2018.
Direct to Complete Veterans Day 2019 Roundup
See Also: Detailed Profile on the Veteran population from the 2018 American Community Survey. Statistics Include:
- When They Served
- Demographics – Sex, Age, Race and Hispanic or Latino Origin
- Median Income
- Educational Attainment
- Employment Status
- Poverty Status
- Disability Status
See Also: Veteran Population Infographic (via Veterans Administration)