We all know that Memorial Day grew out of Decoration Day, a day set aside to remember those who died in our Civil War.
I thought it would be appropriate to recall Lincoln's words from his address at Gettysburg.
I have come upon various figures for those who have given their lives in battle. The Civil War, including both combat and non-combat deaths, and counting both North and South, claimed more than half a million lives.
According to infoplease.com (which has statistics for all major conflicts) in our nation's history, 42,348,460 have been in military service during wartime. More than one million of them gave their lives and almost one and a half million were wounded but survived.
Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember and honor those who gave their lives. It would be good if every day we could remember all who have served in the past and to be thankful for those brave men and women who are protecting us today.