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Some quick facts about Veterans Day

Image: NC Dept. of Veterans & Military Affairs

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/.

 

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