Memorial Day is on the last Monday
in May and honors all Americans who
gave their lives for our freedom.

We honor and say "Thank you" to
all our veterans, not only on
Veteran's Day, but every day.
Thank you for your courage and
bravey to fight for the freedoms
that we have today.


Freedom isn't Free.



The following are just a few of
the wars Americans fought for
our freedom.

The statistics are estimated
numbers of those who sacrificed their
lives for our freedom.
The numbers may be higher due to
the suffering of PTSD
related to the experiences
that the brave men and women
had to face while in combat.
Including those that may be still
Missing in Action ( MIA ).

 For a detailed statistics on
America's wars, go Here.
 


As of Summer 2018, there were 2,372
U.S. military deaths in the War
in Afghanistan.
1,856 of these deaths have been
the result of hostile action.
20,320 American service
members have also been wounded
in action during the war.
In addition, there were 1,720 U.S.
civilian contractor fatalities.



U.S. military casualties in WW2:
1939-1945
There were over 407,000 killed and
and over 671,000 wounded.



U.S. military casualties in Vietnam:

There were over 58,000 U.S. service
members killed, and some say
that number could be higher.




The history of Memorial Day:

Decoration Day was started to honor
the military personnel who lost their
lives in the Civil War of 1861-1865.

 
Families and friends of soldiers who
lost their lives chose to honor the
sacrifices of the fallen by spending a
day of the year decorating their graves.

In 1865, Henry C. Welles, a druggist in
the village of Waterloo, NY, mentioned
at a social gathering that honor should
be shown to the patriotic dead of
the Civil War by decorating their graves.

In the Spring of 1866, he again mentioned
this subject to General John B. Murray.
General Murray embraced the idea and
a committee was formulated to plan
a day devoted to honoring the dead.


On May 30, 1868, the 1st official
Decoration Day was declared by
General John A. Logan and
observed at Arlington National
Cemetery.
He
said that Decoration Day should
be observed in May because
flowers would be in bloom
all across the country.


Volunteers decorated the graves of
more than 20,000 Union and
Confederate soldiers.


During WW 2, decoration day was
expanded and renamed Memorial Day to
honor all Americans who died in military
service.
The day became a national holiday in
1971.

Since WW1, it has also been called
Poppy Day.
Volunteers sell small, red artificial
flowers as a fund-raiser for
disabled veterans.




Some Southern states have
Memorial Day celebrations to
honor Confederate soldiers who
died in the Civil War.

Mississippi and Alabama celebrate
Confederate Memorial Day on the last
Monday in April.
In Florida and Georgia, the date
is on April 26.
May 10 is Memorial Day in North and
South Carolina, and the holiday is
June 3 in Kentucky, Louisiana,
and Tennessee.