Barbecue's, flag waving and parades are not how I am going to honor this day. I cannot call it a celebration because to me it is not. Today is a day of mourning and honoring the ones that gave the ultimate sacrifice, their life for their country.
Veteran's Day is a day set aside to honor all veterans, dead and alive. Armed Force's Day is to honor those that are serving now. Flag day is a day of celebrating our first national flag. I asked a group of people what Memorial Day meant.I was sad to hear their answers. Not a single one of them knew that it was a day of mourning. I received answers that it was the first day of Summer (still a month away), sales holiday, Veterans Day (Nov. 11th), the day the pool opens, last day of school.
Does the schools not teach anything anymore? Sad thing, one the ones that did not know was a TEACHER.
Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom
October 7, 2001 to May 16, 2009
4,967 Total deaths
Persian Gulf War
382 Total deaths
58,209 Total deaths
36,574 Total deaths
World War II
405,399 Total deaths
World War I
116,516 Total deaths
2,446 Total deaths
498,332 Total deaths
1846 - 1848
13,283 Total deaths
War of 1812
2,260 Total deaths
4,435 Total deaths
Congressional Research Service Report for Congress - Casualties/Statistics
Global War On Terror 2001-2009 Total Deaths by Service
U.S. Department of Defense - Source for Casualty Reports & Information