Veterans Day: Facts and Origins

California has more U.S. military veterans than any other state in the country.

Veterans Day honors the service of United States military veterans. It's celebrated every year on Nov. 11, and coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world.

These holidays mark the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that brought forth the temporary cessation of hostilities during World War I. The armistice was signed at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of November in 1918. World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.

Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance of Armistice Day and Nov. 11 became a national holiday starting in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day to honor those who served in all American wars. 

Here are some other facts about Veterans Day from the U.S. Census Bureau

  • There were 21.5 million military veterans in the United States in 2011. Of that number, 1.6 million were female veterans.
  • Breakdown of U.S. veterans by race in 2011: 2.3 million black; 1.2 million Hispanic; 264,695 Asian; 153,223 American Indian or Alaska Native; 27,469 Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; and 17.2 million non-Hispanic white.
  • There were 9.2 million U.S. veterans in 2011 who were 65 and older, and 1.8 million who were younger than 35.
  • The states with 1 million or more U.S. veterans in 2011 were California (1.9 million), Florida (1.6 million) and Texas (1.6 million).
  • The percent of U.S. veterans 25 and older with at least a bachelor's degree in 2011 was 26.3 percent. In comparison, 28.5 percent of the total population had a bachelor's degree or higher.
  • The percent of U.S. veterans 25 and older with a high school diploma or higher in 2011 was 92.3 percent, compared with 86 percent of the population as a whole.
  • There were 9.1 million U.S. veterans 18 to 64 in the labor force in 2011.

While Veterans Day celebrates all U.S. military veterans, Memorial Day, held the last Monday of May each year, remembers those who died while serving in the nation's armed forces.

facedownazzup November 12, 2012 at 03:03 PM
facedownazzup November 12, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Why did Californians reelect bozama? Why is this state so weird and does things backwards? What is wrong with America!
linda cain November 12, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Did you really think California would elect Romney to run this country. He lied about everything and said what he thought people wanted to hear. Disrespects women and Vetrans.
Spirit Of Venice November 12, 2012 at 06:24 PM
One out of 5 Los Angeles homeless persons is a veteran. Surely we can do better than that, not only for our veterans but for all the displaced persons on our streets.
William Brady November 12, 2012 at 07:36 PM
1st, get rid of the previous Zombay, HE is the answer to his question! To add to your FACTS on Veterans day. It was never meant to be a general holiday, in fact in the "World Wars" EVERYONE was involved in one way or another. If it is to be celebrated it should only be a holiday for veterans not the vast ammount of overpaid underworked public employees. The same goes for Ceasar Chavez day, the farm workers do not get a holiday, once again all public employees do!
William Brady November 12, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Carol, Lie about what? People who think like this have no idea of how complicated it is to get real time information after a disaster here at home ( think New Orleans) can you imagine the difficulties there are in chaotic places like the Middle East! And to answer your question, Still Mr G Bush.
Carol Elliott November 12, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Clearly a true and honorable candidate does not stand a change of being elected. Obama lied about Benghazi for starters. Panders to women and latinos and absolutely only uses Veterans for his own policital end..... Shame on this State, shame on this Country. Hope all that voted for him enjoy the next recession and who will he be able to blame this time?
Carol Elliott November 12, 2012 at 10:36 PM
There was a video of the attack on the consulate and there were state department personnel listening in real time..... they had the information.
Deborah Lashever November 12, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Blah blah blah...Did you hear Spirit of Venice say that 1 in every 5 vets is HOMELESS? Why are you not discussing this and what we can do about it? Don't we owe these people THAT? This is the one day of the year to honor them and yet ya'll just argue endlessly about politics! No wonder they are on the streets! You don't sound like you even care!
Carol Elliott November 12, 2012 at 11:51 PM
I give a damn donate to wounded warriors how much do you do?
Marie Cunningham (Editor) November 13, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Hey Everybody, Please, let's keep this comment thread respectful. I wrote this for people to think about veterans, not presidential politics. Best, Marie
Marie Cunningham (Editor) November 13, 2012 at 12:37 AM
@Carol Cussing is not allowed in Patch comments. Please check our Terms of Use: http://beverlyhills.patch.com/terms Any further violations and your account will be suspended. Best, Marie
Carol Elliott November 13, 2012 at 01:29 AM
excuse me - i should have used the word darn - I have seen much worse use of words on the patch. Selective use of reprimands.....
Marie Cunningham (Editor) November 13, 2012 at 01:35 AM
@Carol Nope. Nothing selective on my end. I moderate all comments that come through the articles I post. If you see comments that go against Patch's Terms of Use, you can flag the comment and contact your local editor. We get thousands of comments on the sites each month and do our best to make sure everyone is following the rules. Best, Marie
Anabell Jones January 11, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Interesting . . . http://www.airsplat.com/support-gi-troops.htm


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