Veteran's All - We Salute You!

WE RECOGNIZE THEIR SERVICE ON VETERAN'S DAY,
On behalf of a grateful nation and freedom-loving people worldwide, we salute and recognize the unselfish service to all given by the Veteran.
The Five Pillars of Service Memorial - Anthem, Arizona 
The Pillar Significance:

The Five Pillars represent the unity of the five branches of the United States military, serving steadfast together.

They are staggered in size with their appropriate military seal placed on each pillar based on the Department of Defense prescribed precedence.

United States Army - 14 June, 1775
United States Marine Corps - 10 November, 1775
United States Navy - 7 September, 1781
United States Air Force - 18 September, 1947
*United States Coast Guard - 4 August, 1790

At precisely 11:11am each Veterans Day (Nov. 11) the sun's rays pass thru the ellipses of the five Armed Service Pillars to form a perfect solar spotlight on a mosaic of the Great Seal of the United States embedded in the Circle of Honor.

Note:
*According to the Institute of Heraldry, and in keeping with the orders in which troops are listed in the DOD Directive 1005.8 during peacetime, the Coast Guard falls under the Department of Homeland Security. During wartime, if the Coast Guard comes under the control of the Department of Defense, the flags of the Coast Guard and Air Force would reverse their respective positions.

Additionally, the brick pavers within the Circle of Honor are inscribed with the names of U.S. Servicemen and women, symbolizing the "support" for the Armed Forces. The pavers are red, the pillars are white, and the sky is blue, representing our nation's colors. The circle represents an unbreakable border.

VETERANS DAY FACTS


  • In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
  • 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.
  • Britain, Canada, Australia and France also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11.

VETERANS STATS:
Veteran come from all walks of life to serve and protect the United States. They are men and women, parents, children and grandparents; they are friends, neighbors and co-workers - all important parts of our communities. Here are some facts about the current Veteran population in the US.

There are approximately 23.2 million military veterans in the United States today
By the numbers, there are:


  • 9.2 million veterans over the age of 65
  • 1.9 million veterans under the age of 35
  • 1.8 million veterans are women
  • 7.8 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era (1964-1975), which represents 33% of all living veterans
  • 5.2 million veterans served during the Gulf War (representing service from August 2, 1990 to present day)
  • 2.6 million veterans served during World War II (1941-1945)
  • 2.8 million veterans served during the korean War (1950- 1953)
  • 6.0 million veterans served during peacetime
  • 2.9 million veterans received compensation for service-connected disabilities, as of 2008.
  • 5 states have more than 1 million veterans among their population: California (2.1 million), Florida (1.7 million); Texas (1.7 million), New York (1.0 million) and Pennsylvania (1.0 million)
  • The Veterans Administration Health Care System now includes 171 medical centers, more than 350 outpatient, community and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home care units and 35 live-in care facilities for injured or disabled veterans.
If you have a family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker who is a Veteran, take a moment and tell them you appreciate and thank them for their service. You have no idea how great that is to hear - may we never get tired of saying or hearing it...

May they all "Carry On" in search of peace and freedom for all!

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