Memorial Day



Today, while many are off from work BBQ'ing and enjoying their time off with their loved ones.  You have others who are having a hard time coping with the loss of their loved ones. So, today I want you to take a moment to remember and pray for all of our Military and their families. Joining the Military takes great courage...for some they joined because of their love for their country, some had no choice, some joined to be able to provide for their families and some others joined to get away from their unpleasant lives. Whatever their reasons for joining. Once they became a Soldier their lives were forever changed; the life they once knew was no longer their lives anymore. In making these decisions, may have caused some of their family members to be bitter and have hate in their hearts towards them and the Military feeling they who left were being selfish instead of being selfless. So, today take time to pray for the Active Duty Military, Veterans, Wounded Soldiers and their families.

PRAY for peace and protection for those who are away from their families. Pray for healing for those who are wounded. Pray for peace, comfort, forgiveness and provision for the families of those Soldiers who lost their lives and for the loved ones of those currently serving our country. Today be THANKFUL for all the sacrifices others have made for you to be free!

Today, I Honor and Salute all those who gave and for those who gave all. You will forever be remembered for your sacrifices for our Country!  

Here's a look at what you need to know about Memorial Day, a day honoring American soldiers who died serving the country in wars. 

Memorial Day Facts:

Celebrated on the last Monday in May.

Several towns claim to be the originators of Memorial Day but in 1966, Congress declared Waterloo, New York, to be the birthplace of the holiday.

Memorial Day originally honored military personnel who died in the Civil War (1861-1865).

The holiday now honors those who died in any war while serving with the United States.

It is also called Decoration Day.

Timeline:

May 5, 1866 - Residents of Waterloo, New York, observe a Memorial Day in honor of all who died during the Civil War. Businesses are closed and soldiers' graves are decorated.

1868 - General John Alexander Logan officially proclaims May 30, 1868 as Memorial Day in honor of the Union soldiers who died in the Civil War. Until after World War I, southern states celebrate a separate Memorial Day in honor of the Confederate dead.

1971 - Congress declares Memorial Day a national holiday to be celebrated the last Monday in May.

December 28, 2000 - President Bill Clinton signs the "National Moment of Remembrance Act," which designates 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day each year as the National Moment of Remembrance.

U.S. War Casualties:

Civil War - Approximately 620,000 Americans died. The Union lost almost 365,000 troops and the Confederacy about 260,000. More than half of these deaths were caused by disease.

World War I - 116,516 Americans died, more than half from disease.

World War II - 405,399 Americans died.

Korean War - 36,574 Americans died.

Vietnam Conflict - 58,220 Americans died. More than 47,000 Americans were killed in action and nearly 11,000 died of other causes.

Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm - 148 U.S. battle deaths and 145 non-battle deaths.

Operation Iraqi Freedom - 4,422 U.S. service members died.

Operation New Dawn - 66 U.S. service members died.
 
Operation Enduring Freedom - 2,318 U.S. service members have died as of May 12, 2014.

Facts Source: CNN



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