Sunday, May 25, 2008

Remembering and Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

Often times people get excited about 3 day weekends and don't take the time to truly understand the meaning of the day off. The the history of Memorial Day is well journeyed and has morphed several times into what it is today... a day to honor those that have served and died in our countries many conflicts.

As of May 23, 2008 there have been 4,391 US and US coalition deaths in the Iraqi/Afghanistan conflict (this includes Americans and non-Americans). According to the Pentagon, there have also been 30,112 U.S. troops wounded.

So this memorial Day, which will be the last under the current regime and may be the last to turn a blind eye to the astounding number of casualties, I'd like to take a moment (or many moments) to honor the nearly 4,400 who have died.

CNN has done a tremendous job in trying to recognize each and every one with pictures, details of their unfortunate incident, age and hometown.

What are your thoughts?

If you know any of these people... or anybody who has given their lives in an American conflict please honor them by commenting below. I do have hundreds of readers/day, so your message will be seen. Please feel free to write as much or as little as you'd like... this is your open forum to honor your loved ones, may they rest in peace.

PS -
U.S. war casualties dating back to the Revolutionary War.

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1 comment:

Rebecca said...

It's staggering to think about how many casualties there has been just in Iraq and Afghanistan alone.

Thanks for the post about Memorial Day! I think that there were quite a few bloggers who posted about it. Myself included!


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