Memorial Day Perspective: U.S. War Deaths Through History

On Memorial Day, we remember those who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. For many Americans this means a three day weekend, for some, a parade and visit to the local cemetery to honor these men and women.  For those serving, the experience is something they live every day. And for some, it meant the ultimate sacrifice.

As an army veteran, I used to be troubled when people asked if I would “let” my daughters join the army. But after attending an Ivy league graduation and observing the all-about-me culture, I realized there are few better choices my child can make (Earlier post:  Yale Commencement – Awards For Everyone)

It is good to serve something larger than ourselves, working in the military service or mission work or civil service.  I can testify to the wide-held belief among aging veterans that their service is what they are most proud of.

A list follows of American War Deaths Through History.

The Civil War accounts for almost half the war deaths in our nation’s history with 623,026 casualties. And since the Revolutionary War, over 1.3 million Americans gave their lives so that we can enjoy the individual liberties and freedom of this great country.

This gives us perspective and is worth remembering.

American War Deaths Through History

May 20, 2015

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Mylinh Shattan is a writer who has lived on three continents, served in the Army, worked in corporate America, and taught in college. She loves adventures, in the world and in the mind. Literature is relevant and learning is a lifelong pursuit, so you might as well have a bit of fun along the way.

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