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Veterans Day 2017: States With the Most Veterans

Stacker Logo By Emily Kelleher of Stacker | Slide 1 of 51: <p>The United States is home to nearly 20 million veterans and each November 11th serves as a national tribute to those who have dedicated their lives to protecting our country in the form of Veterans Day. Whether through parades, memorials, or a heartfelt “thank you for your service,” we honor the brave men and women of the armed forces and take the time to hear stories of their courage.</p><p>The origin of this holiday dates back to the first Armistice Day on November 11, 1919 which represented the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I. As the U.S. emerged from World War II and the Korean War decades later, President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the official holiday name to Veterans Day in 1954.</p><p>In honor of Veterans Day, Stacker examined U.S. Census data released in 2017 to determine which states have the highest rates of veterans as a percentage of the adult civilian population. The Census defines veterans as those who have formerly had active duty service across the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard (in addition to U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II).</p><p>For each state, we provide estimated populations for veterans ranging from recent tours of duty today to as far back as World War II- offering a glimpse into the legacy of service that resides within each state.</p>

Veterans Day 2017: States With the Most Veterans

The United States is home to nearly 20 million veterans and each November 11th serves as a national tribute to those who have dedicated their lives to protecting our country in the form of Veterans Day. Whether through parades, memorials, or a heartfelt “thank you for your service,” we honor the brave men and women of the armed forces and take the time to hear stories of their courage.

The origin of this holiday dates back to the first Armistice Day on November 11, 1919 which represented the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I. As the U.S. emerged from World War II and the Korean War decades later, President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the official holiday name to Veterans Day in 1954.

In honor of Veterans Day, Stacker examined U.S. Census data released in 2017 to determine which states have the highest rates of veterans as a percentage of the adult civilian population. The Census defines veterans as those who have formerly had active duty service across the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard (in addition to U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II).

For each state, we provide estimated populations for veterans ranging from recent tours of duty today to as far back as World War II- offering a glimpse into the legacy of service that resides within each state.

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