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According to the U.S. Department of Defense, “President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.”

Presidential Proclamation 1950

Presidential Proclamation 2017

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Source: 2017 American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates

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From Topics > Population > Veterans:

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The Census Bureau collects demographic, social and economic data on veterans of the armed forces using three national surveys: American Community Survey (ACS), Current Population Survey (CPS) and Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP).

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Source: Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, & Orders (1992-2019).

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Source: 2016 Annual Survey of Manufactures.

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Source: 2016 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs.

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From the Newsroom:

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From the Library > Veterans Visualizations:

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From the History Branch > Notable Alumni > Census Supervisors and Employees (partial list of veterans)

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From the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012:

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