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Veterans Day, Armistice Day, Remembrance Day

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

U.S. Civil War
3,273,000 served, and over 620,000 died.

The Gettysburg National Cemetery was dedicated by President Abraham Lincoln four months after the Battle there. Lincoln's speech lasted two minutes, but it went into history as the one of the greatest speeches of all time.

"Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war.

We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion
that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain
that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom
and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

World War I
Over 4,000,000 served, and more than 110,000 died. The conflict ended on November 11, 1918.

The United States has honored all veterans since November 11, 1918, the date the armistice with Germany went in to effect. This day was called Armistice Day until 1954, when it became Veterans Day. (Officially, there is no apostrophe in Veterans Day....)

World War II
16 million Americans served, more than 407,000 died. The total deaths for WWII worldwide were more than 60 million.

Korean War
5,720,000 Americans served, more than 36,000 died. American troops are still there, protecting the DMC from the unstable North Koreans.

Vietnam War
Almost 3 million Americans served and more than 58,000 died. The Vietnam War was the last American war with conscription.

Persian Gulf War
Over 540,000 served, more than 280 died.

Over a million served and serve in Iraq and almost 5,000 have died to-date.

Over a million served and serve in Afghanistan, and almost 2,400 have died to-date.

War is no way to solve a conflict. Haven't we learned anything?

To each and every veteran, and their families, I honor you and thank you for your courage, your bravery and your service.

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    The statistics speak volumes. The Gettysburg Address is such a great oratorical achievement. Knowing how many of our ancestors perished in the war between the states is staggering.

    War is not the answer. It's not even the question! It is just a means to exert power and influence without consideration for the other party. Every war we've ever been in has been heartbreaking for many.

    Pray for peace, while still thanking our veterans for all they do to keep our nation safe.
    1988 days ago
    Great blog. It would be great if all conflicts could be dealt with over a conference table, but alas, there are those that only understand violence. War is a terrible thing and should be brought forth only when absolutely necessary. But when the time comes and all other avenues for resolution have been exhausted, then we should make war with all of the ferocity at our disposal, to bring it to a swift end. A long drawn out conflict serves no purpose other than the wasting of lives. We have the ability to completely destroy an enemy and I believe that when the time has come we should, as Shakespeare once wrote, "Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war".
    1988 days ago
    Interesting statistics. I agree war is not a way to resolve a conflict, but tell that to the looney tunes out there flying airplanes into buildings or blowing them from the sky (russian airliner in Egypt).

    I am so thankful for those that have served. They are one of the greatest blessings we will ever have.
    1989 days ago
  • no profile photo CHAYOR73
    emoticon emoticon veterans!!
    1989 days ago
    Thank you for this humbling blog. And Thank You to all veterans, past and present, for your service and your sacrifice.
    1989 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Thank you for this fantastic blog on the Veterans Day. This is the first time I have ever seen the amount of servicemen and women who served our country, and the casualties all listed together, astounding numbers. Thanking each and every one of them for their service to keep us free, God bless everyone.
    1989 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    To all who have and are serving and to their families, thank you.

    During the oft forgotten 1950-1953 Korean War (also called a Conflict or a Police Action) 5,720,000 U.S. Service Members served in the Theater (War Zone), 36,574 died. 7,800 American soldiers were still unaccounted for as of April 2015.
    Currently, American troops are still stationed in Korea and secure the demilitarized zone.
    1989 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    let us never forget what our veterans fought!!
    thanks to all you continue to serve.........

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    1989 days ago
    (((HUGS)))) Vets deserve our respect! Mom to DS (Army vet) wounded in Afghanistan. emoticon
    1989 days ago
    It's so sad to read these awful statistics listed like this. Thank you for a very moving and humbling tribute to the veterans and their families.
    1989 days ago
    Thank you so much for your reminder of those folks who have served - and sometimes paid the ultimate price - as part of our armed services.
    1989 days ago
    1989 days ago
    I have 2 Marines, 1 Navy, and 1 Army in my family. I greatly admire the sacrifice these men and women make.
    1989 days ago
    emoticon During the American Civil War approximately 620.000 soldier from both side died.
    1989 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/11/2015 10:10:58 AM
    Thank you Jane, my Dad and brother were officers in the Navy, my Dad never spoke of the war either!
    1989 days ago
    emoticon . Beautiful.

    1989 days ago
    My father served in the Navy during WWII on a Destroyer in the Mediterranean. He never talked much about it, just told stories of the exotic places he had been. He and several ship-mates began hosting reunions every two years and I was fortunate enough to have been invited to attend one of the celebration dinners as an adult. THAT's where I heard how much danger they had all been in and what amazing things they did to protect our freedoms.

    I am also proud to be the step mother of a young man who is serving now - two tours in Iraq and a possible deployment next summer to parts yet unknown (at least to us).

    Thanks you to all the Veterans out there! And Thank You JJMPLSMN for posting such an informative and moving blog!
    1989 days ago
    Alas, war has been a condition of life ever since they gave up hunting and gathering and started farming.
    1989 days ago
    emoticon TY VETs.
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