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MEMORIAL DAY
Honoring Our Fallen

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Wartime Battle Deaths

  • WWI (1917 – 1918): 4.7M served; 53,402 died in battle
  • WWII (1941 – 1945): 16.1M served; 291,557 died in battle
  • Korean War (1950 – 1953): 5.7M served; 33,739 died in battle
  • Vietnam (1964 – 1975): 8.7M served; 47,434 died in battle
  • Persian Gulf (1990 – 1991): 2.2M served; 148 died in battle

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Global War on Terror:
5,462 combat deaths

  • There is no final count of the # of fallen in America's longest war in Afghanistan because it hasn't ended yet - although the move to withdraw all U.S. combat troops out of the country prior to the 20th anniversary of September 11th is now underway.
  • 2019 was the deadliest year for U.S. troops in Afghanistan since 2014. No American has died in combat in Afghanistan since Feb 2020.
  • No American has died in combat in Iraq since March 2020.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Under the U.S. Flag Code, on Memorial Day the U.S. flag is flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon - and then raised to the top until sunset - to both mourn and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation.

At 3:00 p.m. local time, the "National Moment of Remembrance" is observed.

May 31, 2021

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