Vet­er­ans Day re­mem­bered

■ Did you know these facts?

The Weekly Vista - - News - TERRI O’BYRNE Staff Writer

Vet­er­ans Day this year marks the end of World War I, which oc­curred 100 years ago, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 — Nov. 11, 1918. To com­mem­o­rate this sig­nif­i­cance, the Vet­er­ans Af­fairs De­part­ment of the U.S. has cho­sen the theme of “The War to End All Wars” for the 2018 Vet­er­ans Day Poster to fea­ture a poppy and barbed wire.

Did you know that the of­fi­cial spell­ing is Vet­er­ans Day — no apos­tro­phe — although it is com­monly printed as Vet­eran’s Day in cal­en­dars and ad­ver­tise­ments? The United States De­part­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs re­moves the pos­ses­sive apos­tro­phe “be­cause it is not a day that ‘be­longs’ to vet­er­ans, it is a day for hon­or­ing all vet­er­ans.”

Other Vet­er­ans Day facts (as of 2016) in­clude:

• 18.5 mil­lion liv­ing vet­er­ans who served dur­ing at least one war;

• 771 thou­sand vet­er­ans who served dur­ing World War II;

• 1.6 mil­lion vet­er­ans who served dur­ing the Korean War;

• 6.8 mil­lion vet­er­ans who served dur­ing the Viet­nam War;

• 7.1 mil­lion vet­er­ans who served dur­ing the Per­sian Gulf War;

• 4.4 mil­lion vet­er­ans who served in peace­time only;

• 1.6 mil­lion vet­er­ans who are women;

• 4 mil­lion vet­er­ans who live with “ser­vice-con­nected” dis­abil­i­ties;

• 40,000 vet­er­ans who are home­less.

Three states have more than one mil­lion vet­er­ans among their pop­u­la­tion: Cal­i­for­nia (1.8 mil­lion), Florida (1.6 mil­lion) and Texas (1.7 mil­lion)

Ev­ery year the U.S. De­part­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs runs an of­fi­cial Vet­er­ans Day cer­e­mony held at Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery around the Tomb of the Un­known Soldier, and this cer­e­mony fea­tures a speech from a high-rank­ing gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial. Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton spoke at the cer­e­mony ev­ery year he was in of­fice. He has given the most Vet­er­ans Day speeches and is the only pres­i­dent to speak ev­ery year of his pres­i­dency.

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