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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 — Today is Veterans Day, which 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 starting in 1938.

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

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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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