Today, Monday, Nov. 12, Americans celebrate Veterans Day to remember all the service personnel who have given their lives so that all may be free, and to thanks those living who continue to do so.
In La Jolla, many schools have the day off and county offices and some banks are closed for the holiday. The San Diego Veterans Day parade gets underway at 11 a.m. today down Pacific Highway between Cedar and G Streets. The Grand Marshall is the man who broke the sound barrier Major General Charles Yeager.
The U.S. Census Bureau has this 2011 data on the number of veterans:
• 21.5 million: The number of military veterans in the United States in 2011.
• 2.3 million: The number of black veterans in 2011. Additionally, 1.2 million veterans were Hispanic; 264,695 were Asian; 153,223 were American Indian or Alaska Native; 27,469 were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; and 17.2 million were non-Hispanic white.
• 1.6 million: The number of female veterans in 2011.
9.2 million: The number of veterans 65 and older in 2011.
1.8 million: Veterans under 35 in 2011.
7.5 million: Vietnam veterans in 2011.
5.1 million: Gulf War veterans, Aug. 2, 1990 to present.
2.4 million: Korean War veterans.
1.8 million: World War II veterans.
876,663: Veterans served during both Gulf War eras.
205,205: Veterans who served during both the Korean War and the Vietnam era.
129,972: Veterans who served during both World War II and the Korean War.
51,079: Number of living veterans in 2011 who served during the Vietnam era and both Gulf War eras and no other period.
43,942: Veterans who served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam era.