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Memorial Day – Remembering the Cost

US Navy sailors honoring fellow sailors killed during the Pearl Harbor attack, Naval Air Station Kaneohe, Oahu, 30 May 1942 (US National Archives)

US Navy sailors honoring fellow sailors killed during the Pearl Harbor attack, Naval Air Station Kaneohe, Oahu, 30 May 1942 (US National Archives)

On Memorial Day, we remember those who gave their lives in defense of our country.

We live in freedom because they fought tyranny.
We live without fear because they faced danger.
We live in comfort because they gave up all comforts.
We live because of their sacrifices.

Let’s never take these gifts for granted. They were purchased at high cost.

Over 1 million Americans have given their lives in war (Source: English, June A., Jones, Thomas D., Scholastic Encyclopedia of the United States at War, New York NY: Scholastic Reference, 1998).

  • American Revolution: 4,435
  • War of 1812: 2,260
  • Mexican-American War: 13,283
  • Civil War: 498,332
  • Spanish-American War: 2,446
  • World War I: 116,708
  • World War II: 407,316
  • Korean War: 33.651
  • Vietnam War: 58,168
  • Gulf War: 293
  • War on Terrorism (Source: icasualties.org): 4541 in Iraq, 2411 in Afghanistan
On this Memorial Day, take a moment to remember. And take a moment to thank God for freedom and life.