Memorial Day 2010: A Reminder by Rees Lloyd

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MEMORIAL DAY 2010:

A  time to remember the price of our freedom, 
and the veterans who paid that price…

American Wars Killed In Action

Revolutionary War…………..  25, 324

War of 1812………………………      2,260

Mexican American War……  13,283

Civil War……………………….. 650,000

Spanish American War……..      7,166

World War I………………………. 116,708

World War II……………………. 408,306

Korean War………………………     54,246

Vietnam War ……………………    58,223

Persian Gulf War………………       363
(Desert Storm)

Operation Iraqi Freedom…..       4,387

Operation Enduring Freedom     1,044
(Afghanistan)

All Other Conflicts since
the Revolutionary War……….     8, 330

Islamist jihadist terrorism…….     3,336
(9-11-2001)

TOTAL:…………………………….    1,352,975

The Soldier

It is the soldier, not the reporter, 
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, 
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, 
who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, not the lawyer, 
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the soldier, 
who salutes the flag, 
who serves under the flag, 
and whose coffin is draped by the flag, 
who allows the protester to burn the flag.
[By Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC]


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