10 Things You should know for Veterans Day

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4. Raymond Weeks

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If you don’t know Raymond Weeks, it’s okay, many people don’t. Weeks is widely regarded as the “Father of Veterans Day.” Remember, President Wilson began Armistice Day to commemorate the end of WWI. Eventually, it became the day we honor all veterans of America’s armed services, thanks to the work of Raymond Weeks.

In 1945, after returning home from WWII, Weeks felt it was important to honor veterans from all wars, not just WWI. Weeks’ journey eventually led him to the Army Chief of Staff, General Dwight Eisenhower. Eventually after becoming president, Eisenhower, made the name change official in 1954.

In 1982, President Reagan awarded Weeks the Presidential Citizens Medal for his hard work and commitment to honoring our nation’s veterans.

5. California Leads the Way

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According to a 2013 report released by the NCVAS, California is home to the highest number of veterans. Over 1.8 million veterans call the state home. Texas and Florida are a close second and third in the rankings, over 1 million veterans reside in each state.

6. Marine Corps

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The Continental Congress established the Marine Corps on November 10, 1775, making the USMC older than America itself. There are currently over 184,000 Marines serving our country around the world.

Legend has it that the first Marine Corps recruitment efforts took place in a Philadelphia bar named “Tun Tavern,” with promises of beer and adventure. The first amphibious mission for the Marines took place in the Spring of 1776 when 220 Marines successfully captured two British forts on New Providence Island, capturing much-needed supplies for America’s Revolutionary War effort.

7. Navy

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According to Navy.mil, there are currently 327,503 active duty Navy Personnel and 108,864 ready reserves. The Navy’s arsenal includes 272 ships and over 3,700 aircraft. George Washington is considered the “father of the Navy” and was a huge proponent of a naval force to assist the war effort and disrupt British shipping lanes.