Last year I wrote a post ‘Memorial Day‘; and I began with the following words –
As a child it was a holiday and therefore not a school day. I did not understand the true reason for Memorial Day.
In today’s post, I begin with the following words –
timeforkids.com article ‘The Meaning of Memorial Day’ has the following –
The holiday got started on May 30, 1868, when Union General John A. Logan declared the day an occasion to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers. Twenty years later, the name was changed to Memorial Day. On May 11, 1950, Congress passed a resolution requesting that the President issue a proclamation calling on Americans to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. President Richard M. Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday in 1971. Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday of May. It is an occasion to honor the men and women who died in all wars.
Today is May 30th, 2016 – this United States holiday started 148 years ago today.
Last year I wrote a post ‘Memorial Day‘; and I concluded with the following words –
As an adult it is no longer a holiday, but a day to remember those that grieve for those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. Those people that grieve and continue to remember those they lost in the United States armed forces and never returned back home to them, their loved ones.
In today’s post I conclude with the following –
Businessinsider.com article ‘CHART: The Number Of US Soldiers Who Died In Every Major American War’ includes the following –
U.S. casualties spiked drastically during the Civil War and World War II. Each of those wars claimed over 1 million U.S. casualties apiece. These massive numbers carried further weight as the overall population of the United States during both those wars was significantly smaller than it is today.
Overall, the general trend since the end of World War II has been a decline in U.S. casualties.
Still, according to the Pew Research Center, almost half of all veterans who served after 9/11 were exposed in some way to the horrors of war. Sixty percent of veterans have reportedly served with someone who was badly injured, while 47% of veterans served alongside someone who died in combat.
It saddens me to read about the millions of loss lives due to war. It saddens me to think about the wounded, the missing in action, the families, the friends of those that were and are affected by war.
I guess war has always been and always will be part of life.
I take time today to honor those that lost their lives and their families; and think about peace throughout the world.