Memorial Day

Let’s take a moment today, to reflect on the following numbers:

American Soldiers Killed In War 

American Civil War 1861-1865:  755,000 lives lost

World War II 1941-1945:  405,399 lives lost 

World War I 1917-1918:   116, 516 lives lost 

Vietnam War 1961-1975:   58,209 lives lost 

Korean War 1950-1953:  36, 574 lives lost 

American Revolutionary War 1775-1783:   25,000 lives lost 

War of 1812 1812-1815:  15,000 lives lost 

Mexican American War 1846-1848:  13, 283 lives lost 

Iraq War 2003-2011:  4, 576 lives lost 

Phillipine American War 1899-1902:  4, 196 lives lost 

Spanish American War 1898:  2, 246 lives lost 

War in Afghanistan 2001- Present: 2, 216 lives lost 

The Gulf War 1990-1991:  294 lives lost 

Together, let us pray for the 1, 438, 509 men and women who died serving and protecting our country. 

Today, Memorial Day – they live on in our hearts and their service is not forgotten, 


“All Powerful God,
We honor today those men and women—
Our sons and daughters,
Husbands and wives,
Fathers, brothers, sisters, mothers—
Who have laid down their life for their country.
Whether weary or emboldened, quiet or defiant,
Vulnerable or ready when You called them home,
Their sacrifice is too humbling for words
except these uttered in prayer.
Loving Lord, bless them forever in Your eternal peace…
Cherish their spirit, honor their commitment,
send them our love,
and will never forget the service that they gave.”

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