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Local communities honor veterans

November 9, 2012

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.

Veterans

21.5 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 Survey

2.3 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 Survey

9.2 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 Served
7.5 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 Survey

51,079 - 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

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