Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Because freedom isn't free, thank you to all who fought and served. God Bless America

Revolutionary War (1775-1783) 4,435
War of 1812 (1812-1815) 2,260
Mexican War (1846-1848) 13,283
Civil War (1861-1865) 623,026
Spanish-American War (1898) 2,446
World War I (1917-1918) 116,708
World War II (1941-1945) 407,316
Korean War (1950-1953) 36,914
Vietnam War (1964-1973) 58,169
Persian Gulf War (1991) 269
Afghanistan (2002-2006) 220+
Operation: Iraqi Freedom (2003-2006) 2,200+
TOTALS 49 years 1,267,246

Interesting Notes:
• The United States of America has been involved in a major conflict (be it foreign or domestic) 49 of its 229-year existence.

• 382,424 Americans have died preserving the Union.

• 619,376 Americans have died when answering the world's call to fight in its wars.

• 621,448 Americans have died on foriegn soil.

• 623,026 Americans died in their own civil war.

• 1,267,046 Americans have given their lives in service to the United States of America.

courtesy of: http://www.militaryfactory.com/american_war_deaths.asp


Pyrhonik said...

Geez, if the words don't give perspective the pictures sure do. I'm not even American and I got a lump in my throat.

I hope you enjoy your 4th of July Independance Day.

puerileuwaite said...

Powerful post, PG. Thanks. Happy 4th.

Old Man Crowder said...

I'm with pyrhonik. Those pics sure hit it home that a shitload of Americans have died for what they believe in.

Party Girl said...

Thanks everyone. I hope you all had a great fourth as well, even those of you who aren't American. Speaking of which, I had a great Canada Day as well. I hope you did, too!

I think sometimes we lose perspective about what our holidays are really about. Memorial day and the Fourth being just two of them. I think we think they're nothing more than a day off and a reason to drink and have BBQ, or to blow stuff up. Don't get me wrong, I think I fall into that category as well. Sometimes though, I get a wake-up call.