A huge thank you to all the brave men and women who have served and are serving this great country that we live in. In honor of Memorial Day I grabbed some great information off of The History Channel website. To read more click here.
The History of Memorial Day.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the nation's Civil War dead by decorating their graves. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former sailors and soldiers.
Did You Know?
- The number of U.S. armed forces personnel who served in World War II between Dec. 1, 1941, and Dec. 31, 1946 was 16.1 million.
- The proportion of U.S. military personnel who served abroad during WWII was 73 percent.
- A total of 292,000 U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines were killed in battle in WWII.
- 671,000 U.S. troops were wounded during WWII.
- The median age of WWII veterans when the last census was conducted was 76.7 years old.
- The proportion of WWII veterans who were still employed in 2000 was 11.6 percent.
- The projected national expenditure for veteran’s benefits in 2004 was $62 billion.
The 20th / 21st Century war timeline.
World War I
Dates: 1914 - 1918
American Casualties: 116,708 (approx.)
World War II
Dates: 1939 - 1945
American Casualties: 407,316 (approx.)
Dates: 1950 - 1953
American Casualties: 36,512 (approx.)
Dates: 1954 - 1975
American Casualties: 58,193 (approx.)
Persian Gulf War
Dates: August 1990 - April 1991
American Casualties: 148 (approx.)
War on Terrorism
Dates: Oct. 7, 2001
American Casualties: Afghanistan- 183 as of May 9, 2005 (Approximately 3,000 civilians and members of the military died as a result of the attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.)
Dates: March 19, 2003 - Conflict continues...
American Casualties: 1,606 as of May 9, 2005