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To thank every veteran today, you’d have to say ‘thanks for your service’ more than 21 million times

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR — Today is Veterans Day, which originated as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I.

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Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance and Nov. 11 became a national holiday starting in 1938.

Here are some facts about veterans in the U.S., according to U.S. Census Bureau data:

n As of 2012, there were 21.2 million military veterans in the country, including 1.6 million female veterans, 9.6 million veterans over the age of 65 and 1.8 million under the age of 35.

n Those veterans include 7.4 million from the Vietnam era and 5.4 million in the Gulf Wars from 1990 to the present, 1.6 million from World War II and 2.3 million from the Korean War, plus 5.3 million who served in peacetime.

n There are three states with more than a million veterans, including 1.9 million in California, and 1.6 million each in Texas and Florida.

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