The Reason It’s Memorial Day

Most Americans will enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend as a time to relax, and maybe get together with friends and family. That’s fine – by all means enjoy the start of summer. But remember why it’s called “Memorial Day”, and remember those who sacrificed their very lives so we could enjoy this wonderful, free country.

America has lost far too many of its sons and daughters to war over our history. Yet, it was their willingness to sacrifice that made this country – and all it represents — possible.

On this weekend let’s remember these great Americans, and mourn their loss.

Revolutionary War: Total U.S. (patriot) casualties were 50,000, including 8,000 combat deaths.

Civil War: In this terrible “brother against brother” conflict total combat deaths were 214,938, with the South losing 74,524 and the North losing 140,414.

World War I: The U.S. got into this “war to end all wars” late, yet still lost 53,402 to combat. The 63,114 “other” deaths include massive losses to the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.

World War II: The U.S. lost 291,557 in combat deaths, and 113,842 to other causes.

Korean War: This terrible conflict cost the nation 33,686 in combat dead, and another 2,830 to other causes.

Vietnam War: We lost 47,424 of our best to combat in Vietnam, and another 10,785 to other, war-related causes such as training and disease while serving.

War in Afghanistan (2001-present): In this still ongoing conflict, 1,833 Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice in combat. Another 383 have been lost to other causes.

Iraq War (2003-2011): 3,836 Americans were killed in combat in Iraq, with another 961 lost to other causes.

Fight Against ISIS: This still ongoing fight has cost the lives of 16 Americans in combat and 60 to other causes.

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