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99 Years of Celebrating Veterans

Published on: October 22, 2017


America only joined World War 1 late in the conflict (1917) but the war took its toll — 116,708 American military personnel died and over 204,000 were wounded. In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day.

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

Veterans in U.S. Statistics

  • Over 40 million have served during war time in America’s wars, according to US Dep’t. of Vetertans Affairs
  • Well over 1 million Americans have died in service (in battle, theater, and non-theater)
  • There are close to 11.5 million vets as of 2017
  • California has the most veterans of any state

Veterans Day on November 11

  • Veterans Day is always on November 11.
  • A legal holiday was established in 1938.
  • In 1945 at the conclusion of the 2nd World War, Armistice Day expanded to include WWII veterans.
  • In 1954 Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day.
  • Veterans Day Ceremonies are held in cities throughout California.
  • Veterans Day Parades are a popular way of paying homage to those who have served.
  • Some businesses in California like to offer specials and free admission to veterans.
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