Being in the Washington, D.C., area, we interact with veterans every day. They own thriving consulting firms, live next door, and mingle with us at dinner parties. But we don’t always stop to think about what it means to have served, and what a gift that service is to all of us. Today, Veterans Day, is a wonderful time to stop and give our thanks to the men and women who have served.
In honor of all veterans, we are testing your knowledge of Veterans Day with facts about the current veteran population of the United States courtesy of History.com. How many of these facts did you already know?
- About 23.2 million military veterans live in the United States.
- 9.2 million veterans are over the age of 65.
- 1.9 million veterans are under the age of 35.
- 1.8 million veterans are women.
- 8 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era (1964-1975) — today that is 33% of all living veterans.
- 2 million veterans served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present).
- 6 million veterans served during World War II (1941-1945).
- 8 million veterans served during the Korean War (1950-1953).
- 6 million veterans served in peacetime.
If you are looking for a way to honor our Nation’s vets today, Arlington National Cemetery’s 62nd annual National Veterans Day Observance begins at 11 a.m. (although if you want a good seat, you should be at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier or seated in the Memorial Amphitheater no later than 9:30 a.m.). The event is free. If you have never seen the combined color guard present arms at the tomb, do it this year — it is a beautiful and moving ceremony.