Yesterday, was Veterans Day (Armistice Day), the 99th anniversary of the end of World War I. Though we honor all veterans on this day, the day is especially dedicated to the living veterans who have served our country in times of war and peace (History Channel).
Veterans Day is also commemorated by Great Britain, France, Australia, and Canada. In these countries and in the U.S., veterans are honored by two minutes of silence.
In 1960, 22.5 million veterans came from every region of America; 45% percent of the total population was either a veteran, a family member, or a dependent survivor (Department of Veterans Affairs). Today, the veteran population is about 20.4 million, fewer than 10% U.S. adults (Pew Research); veterans reside throughout the country but tend to live in rural and smaller metropolitan areas near military bases (Forbes).
In some ways, today's veterans are no different than the rest of us. They're children, parents, grandparents, neighbors, friends, and coworkers. It's their oath to protect our country (Military.com) that sets them apart.
Other key facts about today's veterans ( Department of Veterans Affairs; Pew Research):
On this Veterans Day weekend, CareSmart offers sincere gratitude to our veterans for their service to our country.