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Monday, May 30, 2011

John Wayne and Red Skelton Pledge Allegiance For Memorial Day

A few weeks ago, someone handed my husband a handout explaining a couple things. For one, it explained how Memorial Day started and the traditions of wearing a poppy and such. But, it also included a breakdown of the number of wounded and battle deaths for many of the wars Americans have fought. It was as follows:

Revolutionary War - 6,1888 wounded - 4,435 dead
War of 1812 - 4,505 wounded - 2,260 dead
Mexican War - 4,152 wounded - 1,733 dead
Civil War - 354,805 wounded - 191,963 dead
Spanish American War - 1,662 wounded - 385 dead
World War I - 204,002 wounded - 53,402 dead
World War II - 671,846 wounded - 291,557 dead
Korean Conflict - 103,284 wounded - 33,741 dead
Vietnam Conflict - 153,303 wounded - 47,424 dead
Persian Gulf War - 467 wounded - 147 dead
There was no information on the current wars, but we know thousands have been wounded and dead.

This is the cost of freedom. Yes, I prefer peace to war as do many of you, I'm sure. But, sometimes something has to be fought for to maintain. Freedom is like that. It does not come free but with a price.

For Memorial Day, I thought a couple pledges of allegiance were in order:

Red sums this up with saying: "Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our nation, and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance "under God." Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said, "That's a prayer" and that would be eliminated from schools, too?"

Well, welcome to our current time. It has been eliminated from some schools in our nation.

Happy Memorial Day! If you enjoy your freedoms, you might want to thank a member of the armed forces.

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