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