Once called Decoration Day, – began with the decoration of the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. It has subsequently been expanded to include all of our wars and conflicts.
Please enjoy this long weekend with family and loved ones and as you do remember the sacrifices made for you.
The battle deaths below all sacrificed for us. They all had loved ones they enjoyed spending long weekends with; they had hopes and dreams; they had plans for the future. I honestly couldn’t bear knowing their names, families and stories, but I am grateful for them and try to honor them every day.
|American Revolution (1775-1783)||4,435|
|War of 1812 (1812-1815)||2,260|
|Mexican War (1846-1848)||1,733|
|Civil War (1861-1865)||140,414 (Union); 74,524 (Confederate)|
|Spanish-American War (1898-1902)||385|
|World War I (1917-1918)||53,402|
|World War II (1941-1945)||291,557|
|Korean War (1950-1953)||33,686|
|Vietnam War (1964-1975)||47,410|
|Gulf War (1990-1991)||147|
|Afghanistan War (2001-present)||2,357 (as of May 1, 2015)|
|Iraq War (2003-2012)||4,490|
Not all heroes lost their lives on the battle field – Help Our Wounded warriors
“Here at the Capitol, just weeks before the end of the Civil War, a weary President Lincoln pleaded with his fellow citizens, to ’bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.’”– Gen. Colin Powell