True Meaning of Memorial Day? 1/3 American's don't know

Discussion in 'News / Current Events' started by LadyEagle, May 25, 2009.

  1. LadyEagle

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  2. SeekingTruth

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    LE, yes it is very sad. It is a sad commentary not only on the citizens of this country who owe so much to those whom this day honors, but it is also a sad commentary that these Americans who suffered and gave so much are not given due honor and respect in our public schools.
  3. windcatcher

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    I agree!:flower:
  4. abcgrad94

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    I'm wondering who they polled for this one? 1/3 just doesn't sound right to me.
  5. Salty

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    Memorial Day was orginally set aside to remember those who died in the War Between the States. Latter, it was change to all men who died in combat fighting for the United States. Often the miscopetion comes in when some think we are to honor those currenlty serving (thats Armed Forces Day 2nd Sat of May) and/or those who fought previously (thats Veterans Day, Nov 11)

    Too often we only repreat what we hear without research.

    Unfournately, we often use the same "logic" when a minister preaches.
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    What do most people think Memorial Day is? I've always thought it was a day to remember those who fought for this country, and especially for those who paid with ruined bodies and minds and with their lives. I came out as a sergeant and wish I had stayed in and retired.

    As a veteran and one who retired from a VA Medical Center, I have a great respect for our veterans--especially now that it's all volunteer, and no one is forced into the military by draft. I wasn't drafted, although I was at the head of the list to be drafted.

    Still, many who were drafted did this country and all of us proud by showing what it means to be an American. America doesn't run from its enemies or from any who want to control the rest of us.
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    American Revolution (1775–1783)
    Total servicemembers 217,000
    Battle deaths 4,435
    Nonmortal woundings 6,188
    War of 1812 (1812–1815)
    Total servicemembers 286,730
    Battle deaths 2,260
    Nonmortal woundings 4,505
    Indian Wars (approx. 1817–1898)
    Total servicemembers 106,000...#1
    Battle deaths 1,000...#1
    Mexican War (1846–1848)
    Total servicemembers 78,718
    Battle deaths 1,733
    Other deaths in service (nontheater) 11,550
    Nonmortal woundings 4,152

    Civil War (1861–1865)
    Total servicemembers (Union) 2,213,363
    Battle deaths (Union) 140,414
    Other deaths in service (nontheater) (Union) 224,097
    Nonmortal woundings (Union) 281,881
    Total servicemembers (Conf.) 1,050,000
    Battle deaths (Conf.) 74,524
    Other deaths in service (nontheater) (Conf.) 59,297...#2
    Nonmortal woundings (Conf.) unknown
    Spanish-American War (1898–1902)
    Total servicemembers 306,760
    Battle deaths 385
    Other deaths in service (nontheater) 2,061
    Nonmortal woundings 1,662
    World War I (1917–1918)...#3
    Total servicemembers 4,734,991
    Battle deaths 53,402
    Other deaths in service (nontheater) 63,114
    Nonmortal woundings 204,002
    Living veterans fewer than 25...#1
    World War II (1940–1945)...#3
    Total servicemembers 16,112,566
    Battle deaths 291,557
    Other deaths in service (nontheater) 113,842
    Nonmortal woundings 671,846
    Living veterans 3,242,000...#1
    Korean War (1950–1953)
    Total servicemembers 5,720,000
    Serving in-theater 1,789,000
    Battle deaths 33,741
    Other deaths in service (theater) 2,833
    Other deaths in service (nontheater) 17,672
    Nonmortal woundings 103,284
    Living veterans 3,086,400...#1
    Vietnam War (1964–1975)
    Total servicemembers 8,744,000
    Serving in-theater 3,403,000
    Battle deaths 47,424
    Other deaths in service (theater) 10,785
    Other deaths in service (nontheater) 32,000
    Nonmortal woundings 153,303
    Living veterans 7,286,500...#1
    Gulf War (1990–1991)
    Total servicemembers 2,225,000
    Serving in-theater 665,476
    Battle deaths 147
    Other deaths in service (theater) 382
    Other deaths in service (nontheater) 1,565
    Nonmortal woundings 467
    Living veterans 1,852,000...#1
    America's Wars Total
    Military service during war 43,185,893
    Battle deaths 653,708
    Other deaths in service (theater) 14,560
    Other deaths in service (nontheater) 525,930
    Nonmortal woundings 1,447,281
    Living war veterans 17,835,000...#4
    Living veterans 23,976,000
    Global War on Terror (as of Sept. 30, 2006)...#5
    Total Servicemembers (Worldwide) 1,384,968
    Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan 165,000
    Battle Deaths 3,776
    Other Deaths (In Theater) 958
    Non-mortal Woundings 21,649
    Living Veterans 588,923...#6

    1. Veterans Administration estimate as of Sept. 30, 2006.
    2. Estimated figure. Does not include 26,000–31,000 who died in Union prisons.
    3. Years of U.S. involvement in war.
    4. Approximately 1,065,000 veterans had service in multiple conflicts. They are counted under each conflict, but only once in the total.
    5. For the most current GWOT statistics, visit:
    6. VA estimate does not include those still on active duty and may include veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Source: Department of Defense and Veterans Administration.

    Data collected here:
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