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For Gold Star families every day is Memorial Day.
I am a Gold Star family member.
The Memorial Day in United States commemorates all those men and women who lost their lives while protecting the nation. Following are some important facts about the American Memorial Day.
- Since its very humble beginning on May 5, 1866, the Memorial Day was celebrated on 30th May every year. However in 1971 US congress established a new date for the day, and announced the last Monday of May as official Memorial Day.
- Initially the memorial day only commemorated U.S. personnel died during a deadly civil war from 1861 to 1865, but later it took under its wing all those who died for the country.
- A total of 620,000 Americans perished in the civil war, while 644,000 Americans lost their lives in all the other conflicts since then. American Civil War is still the single most deadly conflict of the American history.
- The ‘national moment of remembrance’ was set at 3 pm on Memorial Day. This was made possible by ‘the national moment of remembrance act’ in 2000 signed by President Clinton on Dec. 28.
- The Memorial Day had varying standings in past, one of which was a different name for the day. It used to be called the Democratic day. It was believed that soldiers died upholding the democratic values of the young nation.
- Red poppies have always been associated with the remembrance of the dead soldiers. People wear poppies to pay respect and tribute to those who made sacrifices for the nation.
- The most interesting fact about the memorial day is that although Federation celebrates the memorial day along with most of states remembering the union soldiers, however many states still celebrate the memorial days for confederate dead soldiers.
- About 5,000 people attended the first ever Memorial Day ceremony held at Arlington National Cemetery, the Democrat and Chronicle reports.
- Most of the deaths that took place during the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865 were as a result of a small pox outbreak. The total number of deaths is estimated to be around 620,000 – 365,000 Union while 260,000 confederate soldiers.
- Following is the estimate of the total number of American causalities since the Civil War.
- In the Civil War 620,000 Americans died
- WWI, 116,516 U.S soldiers died
- In the Second World War 405,399 Americans died
- Korean War killed 36,574 Americans.
- 58,220 American soldiers were killed in Vietnam War
- In Operation Desert Storm a total of 148 Americans died in the battlefield while another 145 died elsewhere during the operation.
- 4,422 Americans died in the Operation Iraqi Freedom.
- In Operation New Dawn 66 U.S Army personnel were killed
- 2,318 Americans perished in the Operation Enduring Freedom.