By Trey Rusk
This weekend I saw several retailers place ads in print, on-line and on television selling their wares in big Memorial Day Sales. Rarely did I see any of them mention the reason for Memorial Day or Thank the people for whom the national holiday was named.
Husbands, wives, sons, brothers, sisters and daughters died fighting for freedom in the US Armed Forces. They are buried at sea or on foreign soil for which they fought to liberate. Some made it home as precious cargo in C-130's or Naval vessels. Many were never found or were found several decades later.
The Civil War cost over 750,000 lives. The most deadly war in US history.
World War I cost over 116, 000 lives and almost half were due to influenza. They called it trench warfare. As a result of wet conditions and poor hygiene, some soldiers suffered from "trench foot". Front line soldiers could be expected to advance across no man's land towards the enemy frontline trenches, in the face of shelling, machine gun fire and barbed wire defenses,
World War II cost American soldiers 418,800 lives around the globe. It was gruesome, bloody combat from the D-Day landing to Naval Warfare to hand to hand combat in the Pacific.
The Korean War cost US Soldiers nearly 37,000 lives. Hostilities ended in 1953 but there has been no official end to the Korean war.
More than a few were drafted but went anyway to fight in an unpopular police action in Viet Nam that wasn't even called a war until it was over. Over 58,000 died in Viet Nam and we lost but they served and died. Even the soldiers that made it back alive, never really came back.
During the War on Terror so far the US has lost over nearly 7000 troops. It is still on going. This action includes both the Middle East and Afghanistan.
War is costly. When America became the world's protector our losses of US soldiers have been staggering.
I leave you with this. Memorial Day is when the United States of America honors our soldiers killed. Thank you and God Bless you all.
It sure as shit isn't about a mattress sale!
Special thanks to the BBC for contributing to my research.