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Veteran’s Day: honoring generations of marching heroes

Posted on: November 11, 2014

On this day, World War I ended. At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War was over for the United States, Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France, and Great Britain.  Germany had signed an armistice agreement with the Allies.

The First World War left nine million soldiers dead and 21 million wounded.  The Treaty of Versailles officially ended the conflict in 1919 and forced punitive terms on Germany that destabilized Europe.  This laid the groundwork for World War II.

Today in the United States, we honor all the veterans that have served their country from these great generations:

  • The Lost Generation: born between 1883 to 1900 and typically fought in World War I
  • The Greatest Generation: born 1901 to 1924 and includes the veterans who fought in World War II
  • The Silent Generation: born 1925 to 1942 and fought the Korean War and Vietnam War
  • The Baby Boomers: born 1943 to early 1960s and were born following World War II during a time of increased birth rates.
  • Generation X: born early 1960s to early 1980s after the Post-World War II baby boom.  The Cold War was 1947 to 1991 and the Persian Gulf War was 1990 to 1991.
  • Millennials: born early 1980s to early 2000s and followed Generation X.  The War on Terror began in 2001.
  • Generation Z: born mid or late 1990s to mid-2000s and is the generation currently being born.

Some of the dates for these generation time periods are debateable, however, each group is unique because of the events in their history.

On Veteran’s Day, remember all of those heroes that have marched before us and those who are still active in protecting our freedom in this great country.

Share a photo(s) or an experience of an American military hero.

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