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Some Thoughts About Memorial Day and an Incredible 11-Year-Old Boy. . .Watch!

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Some Thoughts About Memorial Day and an Incredible 11-Year-Old Boy. . .Watch!

“If you want to thank a soldier, be the kind of American worth fighting for.” Author Unknown

In this article, there is some brief information about how Memorial Day began and some statistics regarding the number of men and women who have given their lives for our freedom. At the end of this article is a video of an 11-year-old boy who gave himself to “Project Vigil” in May of 2014 on Normandy Beach. Almost 7½ million people have watched this video on YouTube. You don’t want to miss it, he is the hope for our future.

No one is exactly sure when Memorial Day first started. The first official observance at Arlington Cemetery took place three years after the Civil War was over and it was referred to as “Decoration Day.” On the 5th of May in 1868, Major General John A. Logan declared that May 30th would be a day to honor the dead. The General challenged citizens of America to not let the graves of servicemen slip into disrepair and to garnish them with “the choices flowers of springtime.”

Logan said, “We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. … Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.”

In 1971, Congress declared that “Memorial Day” would be a national holiday that would be celebrated annually on the 4the last Monday of May. It is primarily set aside to honor those who have given their lives for our countries freedom. Below is a list of the approximate numbers of service men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America:

  • American Revolution: 4,435 deaths; 6,188 wounded
  • War of 1812: 2,260 deaths; 4,505 wounded
  • Mexican War: 13,283 Deaths; 4,152 wounded
  • U.S. Civil War: 620,000 deaths; 476,000 wounded; 400,000 captured or missing
  • Spanish-American War: 2,446 deaths; 1,662 wounded
  • World War I: 116,516 deaths; 204,002 wounded
  • World War II: 405,399 deaths; 671,846 wounded
  • Korean War: 36,574 deaths; 103,284 wounded
  • Vietnam War: 58,209 deaths; 153,303 wounded
  • Persian Gulf War (1990-91): 382 deaths; 467 wounded
  • “Global War on Terror,” including the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars:
    +6,800 deaths; more than 970,000 disability claims registered as of March 31, 2014

This video below is an account of an 11 year old boy who had a flag in his left hand and a salute from his right hand. As you watch him pay respect to all the soldiers who lost their lives on D-Day in 1944, let his spirit encourage you to be the kind of American who is worth fighting for.

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