Local communities honor veterans

ANSLEY - students and community are invited to a Veterans Day program Monday, Nov. 12, at 9 a.m. in the high school gym.ARNOLD - Veterans would like to invite everyone to attend a special program in the school gym Monday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m.. Special speaker will be State Commander Jim Siedel.LITCHFIELD - students will host a special program honoring the area’s veterans Monday, Nov. 12, at 10:30 a.m. in the school gym. A dinner for the veterans will follow the program.MULLEN - students will host a Veterans Day program Monday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m. MT in the Lariat Auditorium in Mullen.SANDHILLS PUBLIC SCHOOLS - will host special Veterans Day programs in both the high school and elementary school - located in Halsey - Monday, Nov. 12. The program at the high school will begin at 11 a.m., while the elementary program will begin at 1:30 p.m. Special speaker will be SSG Tim McCaslin.SARGENT - students and veterans will host a program in honor of Veterans Day Monday, Nov. 12, at 9 a.m. in the school gym. SSG Tim McCaslin is scheduled to speak.LOUP COUNTY SCHOOLS - in Taylor will co-host a Veterans Day program, along with the Legion Post, Monday, Nov. 12, at 10:30 a.m. in the school gym.MERNA - Legion Post and the Anselmo V.F.W. will co-host a special Veterans Day program Monday, Nov. 12, at 9 a.m. in the Anselmo-Merna High School gym. Special speaker will be Dr. Melinda (Wells) Kennel, a former Girl’s State representative for the Merna Legion Post.Veterans Day originated as "Armistice Day" on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.Veterans21.5 million - The number of military veterans in the United States in 2011. Source: 2011 American Community Survey 1.6 million - The number of female veterans in 2011. Source: 2011 American Community Survey2.3 million - The number of black veterans in 2011. Additionally, 1.2 million veterans were Hispanic; 264,695 were Asian; 153,223 were American Indian or Alaska Native; 27,469 were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; and 17.2 million were non-Hispanic white. (The numbers for blacks, Asians, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, and non-Hispanic whites cover only those reporting a single race.) Source: 2011 American Community Survey9.2 million - The number of veterans 65 and older in 2011. At the other end of the age spectrum, 1.8 million were younger than 35. Source: 2011 American Community Survey When They Served7.5 million - Number of Vietnam-era veterans in 2011: 5.1 million served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present); 1.8 million in World War II (1941-1945); 2.4 million in the Korean War (1950-1953); and 5.4 million in peacetime only. Source: 2011 American Community Survey51,079 - Number of living veterans in 2011 who served during the Vietnam era and both Gulf War eras and no other period.Other living veterans in 2011 who served during three wars:43,942 served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam era.Living veterans in 2011 who served during two wars and no other period:876,663 served during both Gulf War eras.205,205 served during both the Korean War and the Vietnam era.129,972 served during both World War II and the Korean War.Source: 2011 American Community Survey