Saturday, May 28, 2011

MEMORIAL DAY - 2011

REMEMBER THE REASON FOR THIS HOLIDAY
As you celebrate this long holiday weekend with loved ones please take at least a few minutes to remember what this holiday is actually all about. Remember the men and women who have given their lives to preserve and protect the freedoms we all enjoy today.

SOME PERSPECTIVE FOR YOU

It may be helpful for you to understand the scope of that sacrifice. The following chart represents a listing of all the American lives lost in ALL the wars and other conflicts in which we've been engaged since the founding of this country 235 years ago. If you want even more detail you can find virtually everything you ever wanted to know on this subject HERE.

AMERICAN WAR CASUALTIES

I've written about this subject each Memorial Day weekend for several years. You can read what I wrote about it last year HERE.

THANKS TO ALL OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN

Now, let Sarah McLachlan help you gain some perspective as you watch this video and look over that chart above. Thanks to all our young men and women currently serving our country in the armed services around the world.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Vicki said...

Thank you Geoff for another truly great educational experience. Like the time you spent preparing the city budget quiz, this too was a teaching tool. I had no idea so many Americans died during the Cival War. Unbelievable!

5/28/2011 01:58:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Vicki,
Frightening numbers, huh? At the Battle of Gettysburg alone there were more than 46,000 casualties - over 7,000 dead over the 3 days of the battle. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Gettysburg#Casualties

5/28/2011 03:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Gold Star Daughter. . . said...

Mr. Geoff,

Thank you for reminding your readers about Memorial Day and it is a day we "observe", no "celebrate".

I would like to also share that on the 3rd Saturday in May is ARMED FORCES DAY. . .a "specific" day to recognize our "active" armed forces.

Please help me spread the word and get these military observances correct.

ARMED FORCES DAY- 3rd Saturday in May (Living members of the armed forces)

MEMORIAL DAY - Last Monday in May (Those who have died while in service, not Veterans who are now deceased)

VETERANS DAY - 11th Month (November) on the 11th Day. (Honor those who "have" served, not currently serving)

May we always pay respect to all who are serving and those who have served and keep them in our prayers daily, whether state-side or in foreign lands.

Thank you for your time. . .
Gold Star Daughter*
Vietnam War

*Gold Star term comes from the service banners displayed on windows and the Gold Star pin awarded by the U.S. Military for the next of kin of the deceased.

5/29/2011 12:11:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Gold Star Daughter,
Thanks for the information and clearing up any confusion.

5/29/2011 11:11:00 PM  

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