Today is Veterans Day in the United States. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, falling on November 11th, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War One.
Here in the U-S, we honor nearly 25 million military veterans today.
I’ve compiled a list of combat dead from our biggest and most recent wars. These are for those killed in action … the total numbers are generally much higher.
In the Revolutionary War about 8,000 were killed in combat. In the Civil War, 213,000 … World War One 53,000 … World war Two 291,000 … Korea 53,000 … Vietnam 47,000 … Gulf War 147 … Afghanistan just under eleven-hundred … Iraq just under 35-hundred.
Many more died in the wars from non-combat injuries and disease. The point is, our military has performed nobly again and again throughout our nation’s history.
Today is our special day to salute all of our military veterans.
Our thought for today is from Carl Sandburg:
“Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come.”