CNN has posted a handy infographic about Veterans Day that includes some quick and important facts about the holiday. The following was adapted from that post:
#1 – It’s celebrated annually on November 11, the anniversary of the end of World War I (yesterday was the 100th anniversary).
#2 – There are 19.6 million veterans in the U.S. , which equals about one of of 15 people.
#3 – 9.2 million vets are over the age of 65.
#4 – There are 1.9 million female veterans.
#5 – Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day — President Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation in 1919. The word “veterans” replaced the word “armistice” by an act of Congress in 1954.
#6 – For a brief period during the early 70’s the holiday was moved to late October.
#7 – The date was moved back to Nov. 11 in 1978.
For more information on veterans in North Carolina, check out the website of the Department of Military & Veterans Affairs at https://www.milvets.nc.gov/.