Memorial Day is a day to reflect on the sacrifice that so many have made for freedom. I am so thankful for those in my family that have served in the military. I don’t have anyone in my close family that gave their life serving but many who sacrificed a lot to go defend our country in a foreign land. I am very thankful for that. I will take time out of my day to express my gratitude. I challenge all of my readers to do the same.
Memorial Day used to be called Decoration Day because it was a day set aside to adorn graves of fallen soldiers with flowers. I was wondering how many graves we should be adorning this Memorial Day.
I found an article from the Los Angeles Times that gave the actual number of soldiers who died in the wars of our land:
4,435 in The American Revolution (1775-17830)
2,260 in the War of 1812 (1812-1815)
1,000 in the Indian Wars (1817-1898)
1,733 in the Mexican- American War (1846-1848)
140,414 Union Soldiers in Civil War
74,524 Confederate Soldiers in Civil War
384 Spanish-American War
53,402 World War I (1917-1918)
291,557 World War II (1941-1945)
33,739 Korean War (1950-1953)
47,434 Vietnam War (1964-1975)
148 Persian Gulf War (Desert Shield/Desert Storm) (1990-1991)
6,915 Global War on Terrorism (2001- present)
As you enjoy a day off grilling burgers with friends and family, take time to remember those who gave the ultimate price in the protection of the freedom we all enjoy in the United States.
Because Brooke Transportation Training is certified to train disabled vets for a new career, I am privileged to get to meet many vets. I thank you for your service, I am honored to get to be a part of your future and I wish you much success and blessing in appreciation for your service.