Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
Of the 43 men who have served as US President, a total of 31—or 72%–served in the military before becoming President and commander-in-chief of our Armed Forces.
6 had been professional soldiers: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight D. Eisenhower. James E. (Jimmy) Carter Jr. graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served seven years on active duty before returning to civilian life.
The other 24 were citizen soldiers, sailors and airmen who interrupted their civilian lives to serve: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Tyler, James K. Polk, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Ronald W. Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
Here are 15 well known Hollywood stars who served in the military:
Laurence Tureaud (A-Team) (Military Police Corp); Chuck Norris (Korean War);
Shaggy (Comedian) (Persian Gulf); Drew Carey (Comedian) (Marine Corp Reserve); J.R. Martinez (Dancing with the Stars) (Iraq); Stanley Kirk Burrell a/k/a MC Hammer (Rapper) (Navy); Elvis Pressley (Army); Samuel Jackson (Air Force); Clint Eastwood (Lifeguard in Army) (Korean); Ice-T (Army); Beau Bridges (Coast Guard); Carly Shroeder (Army-still serving); Oliver Stone –Director (Army – Purple Heart, Bronze Star + other medals); Tom Selleck (Vietnam); Adam Driver – Star Wars fame (Marines)
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