Memorial Day 2010

by Ryan on May 31, 2010

in Anything Else,Culture,The Iraq Front,War on Terror

A solemn holiday begun after the Civil War, Memorial Day allows us, as a culture, to honor the sacrifices of those who’ve died in America’s wars and give special recognition to those who continue to serve.  We cannot thank our service men and women enough for their sacrifices, especially those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to this nation.

Here are some casualty statistics (pdf) from America’s wars:

Revolutionary War (1775-1783):  c. 4,435

War of 1812 (1812-1815):  2,260

Mexican War (1846-1848):  13,283

Civil War (1861-1865):  c. 620,000

Spanish-American War (1898):  2,446

World War I (US involvement 1917-1918):  116,516

World War II (US involvement 1941-1945): 405,399

Korean War (1950-1953):  36,574

Vietnam War (Major US involvement 1964-1973):  58,220

Persian Gulf War (1990-1991):  383

Afghanistan, 2001- (to date):  1,075

Iraq War, 2003- (to date): 4,387

Selected others:  Operation Desert One, 8; Lebanon, 265; Grenada, 19; Panama, 23; Somalia, 43.

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