"By the next decennial anniversary," Drake writes, "the VA estimates that their numbers will be down to 81,117."
That VA data gathered by the National World War II Museum suggests that America is losing 555 World War II veterans a day. By 2027, that number will be down to 35 a day. By 2034, it will be down to two per day. Below are the full projections for America's veterans:
Many have already aged beyond the ability to travel to Normandy for an anniversary ceremony. But they are still here to relive that moment for those of us born much later. By 2036, according to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, "it is estimated there will be no living veterans of World War II left to recount their experiences."