A simple, but not particularly gentle, reminder to the civilian people either of or within America – every freedom you enjoy came at a cost of blood, sweat, and tears. The brunt of that price was paid for our soldiery who put themselves in harm’s way in order to provide those freedoms.
It Is The Soldier Who Gives Us Liberty, Bought With His Blood
These fallen soldiers are long past review, and I sincerely doubt that our dead care overmuch about our opinions of their lives; they’re now past our flawed judgments. But we should certainly care about what their judgment of us and how we’ve used the freedoms they bought for with their privation, pain, and deaths would be.
Official US Military Totals: 1775 – 1991
|U.S. Military Service During War||43,185,893|
|Other Deaths (In Theater)||14,560|
|Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater)||525,930|
|Source: History News Network
NOTE: I don’t have any official US military data on this post 1991, so the later operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are not included above.
Yes, a simple reminder on this Memorial Day weekend – America is the Land of the Free because of the Brave. Every single freedom we have was bought with their blood and what have so many within the US done with those hard-earned freedoms?