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May 25, 2015 / Mayou Art

Memorial Day

Once called Decoration Day, – began with the decoration of the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. It has subsequently been expanded to include all of our wars and conflicts.

Please enjoy this long weekend with family and loved ones and as you do remember the sacrifices made for you. 

The battle deaths below all sacrificed for us. They all had loved ones they enjoyed spending long weekends with; they had hopes and dreams; they had plans for the future. I honestly couldn’t bear knowing their names, families and stories, but I am grateful for them and try to honor them every day.

American Revolution (1775-1783) 4,435
War of 1812 (1812-1815) 2,260
Mexican War (1846-1848) 1,733
Civil War (1861-1865) 140,414 (Union); 74,524 (Confederate)
Spanish-American War (1898-1902) 385
World War I (1917-1918) 53,402
World War II (1941-1945) 291,557
Korean War (1950-1953) 33,686
Vietnam War (1964-1975) 47,410
Gulf War (1990-1991) 147
Afghanistan War (2001-present) 2,357 (as of May 1, 2015)
Iraq War (2003-2012) 4,490

 

Not all heroes lost their lives on the battle field –  Help Our Wounded warriors


 

“Here at the Capitol, just weeks before the end of the Civil War, a weary President Lincoln pleaded with his fellow citizens, to ’bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.’”

– Gen. Colin Powell


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