The shooting stopped during the “Great War; the War to End All Wars” on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The armistice was commemorated by Armistice Day.
Thus was born the date that would eventually be known as Veterans’ Day.
There are about 21.5 million veterans in a nation of 312 million people. Of Americans 18 years or older, about 12 – 13% are veterans. Counting all Americans, slightly less than 7% are veterans. As we lose the veterans of the Second World War, the percentage of veterans will drop significantly.
Of the currently seated Congress, 28 of 100 Senators are Veterans, as are 92 of the 438 members of the House of Representatives.
Presidents in my lifetime who served in the military:
Harry Truman (D) Army
Dwight D. Eisenhower (R) Army
John F. Kennedy (D) Navy
Lyndon B. Johnson (D) Navy
Richard Nixon (R) Navy
Gerald Ford (R) Navy
Jimmy Carter (D) Navy
Ronald Reagan (R) Army (Air Corps)
George HW Bush (R) Navy
George W Bush (R) Air National Guard
The military uniform is often referred to as “the cloth of our country.” If you are one who has worn the uniform, “On behalf of a grateful nation,” thank you.
All gave some. Some gave all.