In Recognition of Veterans Day
“…I felt I had an obligation to serve the country that helped give my family a new life. It was my way of thanking America.”
U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Jamal S. Baadani, a native of Egypt and founder of the Association of Patriotic Arab Americans.
Join us as we recognize and honor the courage and sacrifice of all the men and women, currently serving and those who have served, many of whom are immigrants, who chose to defend our nation. We especially remember the legacy of all the service members we have lost. We thank veterans across the country and honor their unique gifts and histories that together make the mosaic of America.
From the beginning of military conflicts on U.S. soil, refugees and immigrants have served in and fought for our nation.
In 1860, about 13% of the U.S. population was born overseas but one in four members of the Union armed forces was an immigrant. Foreign-born soldiers composed over 18 percent of the U.S. Army during World War I. As an example, this image portrays the diversity of names of those lost in service to our country.
More recently, over 100,000 immigrants who, since Sept. 11, 2001, have become citizens while wearing the uniform of the United States military have strengthened and protected our nation. In 2016, approximately 2 million veterans, 11% of all veterans, were from an immigrant background. Some currently serving were not born here but they are willing to give their lives for the country they love. They are part of the 1 percent of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of live who comprise our military and for each and everyone who serves, we are grateful.