Memorial Day 2007

Memorial Day is a day to think of those that have died.

It is a day that is a United States federal holiday and is observed on the last Monday of May.  It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. It began first to honor soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action. Some Americans use Memorial Day to also honor any family members who have died, not just servicemen.

Let’s think about the numbers of those who fought in US Wars.

In the American Revolution, 4,435 Americans lost their lives. 2,260 died in the War of 1812 with Great Britain.
In the Mexican War of 1846, 13,283 died.
In the Civil War, 558,052 died. (In that war, every casualty was an American one.)
The Spanish American War of 1898 cost 2,446 lives.
World War I took 116,708 American lives and World War II, 407,316.
Korea, 33,651; Vietnam, 58,168; the First Gulf War, 293; 75 died in Kosovo; 18 in Somalia; 390 in Afghanistan; 3,441 in Iraq (as of Thursday), and climbing.

This Memorial Day, please stop and reflect on those that gave their lives for your freedoms.


One Response

  1. The stats are an eye opener, aren’t they? As the wife of a veteran, the daughter of another and the friends of many more I appreciate the reminder to us all to reflect on exactly what this day means. I myself wrote about Memorial Day Poppies today on my own blog!

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