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Eleven facts for Veteran's Day - on 11/11/11

Eleven Facts for Veterans Day 11-11-11

1) On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month -- November 11, 1918 --- is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars”

2) An Act approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday-a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day."

3) 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

4) At least 1,034,762 men and women gave their lives to defend the United States

5) More than 41 million American men and women have served the nation in times of war

6) There are more than 22 million living American Veterans

7) American veterans own 2.4 million businesses

8) 1,425,113 active service members today

9) 11.2 million veterans are in the labor force today

10) 859,000 unemployed veterans in October 2011 -- represents about 6.1% of all unemployed persons

11) In 2000, 6.1% of all living veterans were women - estimated to be 8.1% in 2011