Memorial Day in the USA is today so take a moment to reflect on those that have served and made the ultimate sacrifice to allow us to be free. Here are some interesting facts that I found while doing some reading on the history of Memorial Day:
– Memorial Day originated in 1866 in Waterloo, New York. The original intention was to honor those that died in the Civil War.
– Memorial Day is always celebrated on the last Monday in May
– 3:00 PM local time is the ‘official’ time of remembrance every Memorial Day
– Before noon all flags should be flown at half staff, but at noon all flags should be raised fully until the end of the day
– Critics of Memorial Day blame the placement of the holiday on the last Monday in May as the reason the day has lost the ‘Memorial’ and instead turned into the ‘official’ start of summer for most with BBQs, alcohol consumption and partying. Historically (pre-1980s), it was always celebrated on May 30th thus not always providing three-day weekends.
Photo of the Day – Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
I found this online as well and can’t dispel the accuracy of it but thought the numbers were sobering so take a minute to remember the reason for the party.
U.S. War Casualties
Civil War – Approximately 620,000 Americans died. The Union lost almost 365,000 troops and the Confederacy about 260,000.
World War I – 116,516 Americans died
World War II – 405,399 Americans died
Korean War – 36,574 Americans died
Vietnam Conflict – 58,220 Americans died
Operation Iraqi Freedom – 4,466 U.S. service members have died
Operation New Dawn – 66 U.S. service members have died
Operation Enduring Freedom – 2,219 U.S. service members have died as of May 21, 2013