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
): 4520 in Iraq, 2396 in Afghanistan
On this Memorial Day, take a moment to remember. And take a moment to thank God for freedom and life.