10 Facts About Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a holiday that most people recognize as the official beginning of summer.  But obviously, it is a much more serious holiday as it recognizes those who have made the supreme sacrifice of their lives for our country. Have you a guess at how many have died in fighting for our freedom?

Making the sacrifice for our country

Remember those who gave their lives for our freedom.
Remember those who gave their lives for our freedom.

I ran across this article from USA Today written by Allison Sylte from St. Louis, Missouri, (reprinted below) which reflects some interesting facts about Memorial Day. The most compelling facts represent the numbers of lives that have been sacrificed due to military service in this country:

Here are 10 fast facts about Memorial Day, a holiday honoring American soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country:

Civil War: Approximately 620,000 Americans died. The Union lost almost 365,000 troops and the Confederacy about 260,000. More than half of these deaths were caused by disease.

World War I: 116,516 Americans died, more than half from disease.

World War II: 405,399 Americans died.

Korean War: 36,574 Americans died.

Vietnam Conflict: 58,220 Americans died. More than 47,000 Americans were killed in action and nearly 11,000 died of other causes.

Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm: 148 U.S. battle deaths and 145 non-battle deaths.

Operation Iraqi Freedom: 4,422 U.S. service members died.

Operation New Dawn: 66 U.S. service members died.

Operation Enduring Freedom: 2,318 U.S. service members have died as of May 12, 2014.

I deeply appreciate all those who have lost their lives to shape the freedoms we enjoy in our country. I think of the parents, spouses and children who have lost so much due to these sacrifices.

Upon remembrance, it is a good time to write a note or visit the family of someone who has lost a loved one in service to their country.

Gerry Vassar, President/CEO, Lakeside Educational Network


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