Life Area: Personal
Topic: Memorial Day
Tom and the Success Series Team Remember and Honor
Each year on Memorial Day, Americans take a pause from their busy schedules to remember those who gave their lives to protect the freedoms people enjoy daily.
Occurring on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day is celebrated today, May 27, 2019. While most people are aware the holiday honors America’s military, at times, the significance of Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day are combined into one.
Veteran’s Day is commemorated in November and honors all those who have served their country, including those who have passed away. However, it’s primarily focused on thanking those who have served who are still alive.
Memorial Day, on the other hand, is designed to honor those service members who passed away, especially those who gave their lives in the line of duty.
Memorial Day honors more than one million men and women who have died in military service since the Civil War
In 1868, then-Commander in Chief John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic proclaimed May 30 to be Decoration Day, becoming Memorial Day in 1968. At first, people honored only Union and Confederate soldiers. However, it was expanded after World War I to include all service members who perished in all wars. As of 2018, the United States Census Bureau reported Memorial Day honors more than one million men and women who have died in military service since the Civil War.
The Civil War was the deadliest of all America’s confrontations with over 500,000 people dying. Since the Civil War, America has participated in seven other wars, with casualties identified as:
- Spanish-American War: 2,446
- World War I: 116,516
- World War II: 405,339
- Korean War: 54,246
- Vietnam War: 90,220
- Desert Shield/Desert Storm: 1,948
- Afghanistan and Iraq: 6,951
Join Tom and the Success Series Team in honoring our fallen heroes.
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