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CensusFax – Memorial Day 2012

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the first official observance of Memorial Day was on May 28th in 1868. The observance was ordered by General John Logan. He ordered flowers to be placed on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

The 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) shows that there were 21.8 million military veterans in the United States (see Table 1) with 1.6 million of them female veterans. Over nineteen percent (19.6%) of the veterans were minorities. The largest minority group at 2.4 million were African American or black veterans in 2010. There were 1.2 million Hispanic or Latino veterans; 17.5 million White; 261 thousand Asian; 141 thousand American Indian or Alaska Native; 26 thousand Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; 18 thousand Some other race; and 274 thousand Two or more races.

Table 1 – Race/Ethnicity of U.S. Military Veterans (2010)

Civilian
Veterans

Civilian
Veterans%

Total All Races/Ethnicity

21,809,455

100.0%

Hispanic or Latino (of any race)

1,169,396

5.4%

White alone, not Hispanic or Latino

17,538,021

80.4%

Black or African American alone, not Hispanic or Latino

2,380,346

10.9%

American Indian and Alaska Native alone, not Hispanic or Latino

141,286

0.6%

Asian alone, not Hispanic or Latino

261,056

1.2%

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, not Hispanic or Latino

26,050

0.1%

Some other race alone, not Hispanic or Latino

18,719

0.1%

Two or more races, not Hispanic or Latino

274,581

1.3%

Source: 2010 American Community Survey

Note: The race/ethnicity numbers for include only those reporting a single race.

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