Veterans Day

President Calvin Coolidge once said, “The nation which forgets its defenders will be itselfIMG_5388 forgotten.”

Veterans Day, observed annually on November 11, is a tribute to military veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Originally celebrated as Armistice Day, the proclamation was first issued on November 11, 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson a year after the end of World War I.   In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans rather than just the ones who died in World War I.

Here are some facts about the veteran population of the United States:

  • 18.2 million living veterans served during at least one war as of 2018.
  • 9 percent of veterans are women.
  • 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War.
  • 3 million veterans have served in support of the War on Terrorism.
  • Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 496,777 were still alive as of 2018.
  • Connecticut was home to the highest percentage of World War II veterans as of 2018 at 7.1 percent.
  • 2 million veterans served during the Korean War.
  • As of 2017, the top three states with the highest percentage of Veterans were Alaska, Maine and Montana, respectively.

The Livingston Public Library is commemorating Veterans Day with a display of library books and DVDs on military history, soldier memoirs, and stories of war valor and heroism.   

Below is an image of a special book from the Livingston local history archives: “Wars Remembered: a remembrance of their military service by the members of VFW Post#2856, Livingston, NJ and its Ladies Auxiliary”

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This is a publication of the Livingston Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2856, that recounts their “war stories”, and contains first hand accounts of their heroic deeds in World War  II, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War.

Thank you, Livingston and US veterans, for your service to the nation and the community.

-Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services Librarian 

Message From the Director: New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus

“A great song should lift your heart, warm the soul and make you feel good.”  ~ Colbie Caillat

Great songs have the power to not only uplift our mood and warm our hearts, but also create wonderful memories with those we share such music with.  In the spirit of song, the Livingston Public Library invites you to join us on Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 PM for An Afternoon of Song performed by the New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus.  The chorus will be performing well known tunes and classic favorites, while also giving us a taste of their upcoming concert pieces for 2020.

The New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus is comprised of volunteers from New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.  They have been performing for 25 years and have been involved with Jersey Pride in Asbury Park, Worlds Aid Day and participated in “Sing for the Cure” at Carnegie Hall.  Their mission is to “inspire pride, empowerment, equality, and acceptance to all through extraordinary music and actions.”

Be sure to stop by the library this upcoming weekend to share the joy of song with your family and neighbors.  We look forward to creating the musical memories with you!

~Amy Babcock Landry, Director