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Ways To Honor Your Service Men Everyday

People often get Memorial Day and Veteran's Day confused. Memorial Day is to give thanks to those who died for our freedom.

With that in mind, giving thanks to both families of fallen soldiers, and also assisting the living veterans is an important American duty.

We nabbed a few things you could do to honor the dead, and the living, on this somber holiday.

  • Send a letter, grant a wish, or fund a scholar at AMillionThanks.org, a site that helps you give back to service men and women, and veterans.
  • Visit cemeteries, especially special "fallen soldier" memorials and plant flags or bring flowers to mark the graves.
  • Study the Facts:
    Knowing how many have served and have been lost is a sobering but important fact. Here's some stats below from ABC News:American Revolution (1775-1783)

    Battle Deaths: 4,435

    War of 1812 (1812-1815)

    Battle Deaths: 2,260

    Indian Wars (approx. 1817-1898)

    Battle Deaths (VA estimate): 1,000

    Mexican War (1846-1848)

    Battle Deaths: 1,733

    Other Deaths (In Theater): 11,550

    Civil War (1861-1865)

    Battle Deaths (Union): 140,414

    Other Deaths (In Theater)(Union): 224,097

    Battle Deaths (Confederate): 74,524

    Other Deaths (In Theater)(Confederate): 59,297

    Spanish-American War (1898-1902)

    Battle Deaths: 385

    Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater): 2,061

    World War I (1917-1918)

    Battle Deaths: 53,402

    Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater): 63,114

    World War II (1941 –1945)

    Battle Deaths: 291,557

    Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater): 113,842

    Korean War (1950-1953)

    Battle Deaths: 33,739

    Other Deaths (In Theater): 2,835

    Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater): 17,672

    Vietnam War (1964-1975)

    Battle Deaths: 47,434

    Other Deaths (In Theater): 10,786

    Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater): 32,000

    (These cover period 11/1/55 to 5/15/75)

    Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-1991)

    Battle Deaths: 148

    Other Deaths (In Theater): 235

    Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater): 1,565

    Global War on Terror, including Iraq and Afghanistan (Oct 2001 - present)

    Total Deaths: 6,888.

    In addition to those, the State Department Office of the Historian lists the Philippine-American War, 1899 to 1902, citing the deaths of more than 4,200 U.S. combatants.

  • Take a moment to think about those who've passed on, and their families.