Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

TODAY WE HONOR THEM

America's Wars Total *

U.S. Military Service During War................41,891,368
Battle Deaths................................................651,030
Other Deaths (In Theater)...............................308,800
Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater).............230,279
Non-mortal Woundings................................1,431,290
Living War Veterans..................................17,456,000
Living Veterans (War & Peacetime)............23,442,000


*Source: Department of Defense (DoD), except living veterans, which are VA estimates as of Sept. 2008.

More Veteran facts
here

(Two of those honorable Veterans are in this house today and have been talking non-stop for five days. They speak a language only other Veterans can translate.)

17 comments:

  1. The figures are frightening aren't they. And that's just one country.

    I looked at the link you put in and I couldn't see the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan listed. So the figures will be even higher.

    Best wishes to the veterans!Hope they are enjoying themselves.

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  2. I have five war veterans on my crew and three of them had no clue why we had today off work. I was like "ummm, dudes, it's your day". Truly unsung heros.

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  3. Thank you for this great post.....

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  4. Wow! I'd love to hear some of those stories.

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  5. Amazing and sad numbers!!! We never learn, do we?

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  6. Those numbers are mind-boggling!

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  7. This is a day that we should honor all of those that made sacrifies! In our town they put up American Flags on both sides of a steet named Military Avenue. They go for blocks and blocks and it is an awsome sight!

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  8. Those numbers are heartbreaking. Thanks for this great post.

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  9. Give those veterans of yours a hug for me!

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  10. Staggering numbers. We must never forget our soldiers!

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  11. Amen and blessings to them all.

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  12. I saw it everywhere yesterday with ceremonies near my area. Seems to be more meaningful this year than ever.

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  13. The price of Freedom does not come cheap----.

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  14. They all are to be honor - all the time, not just one day out of the year.
    Ralph

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  15. Our friend Wayne received a phone call last night from a friend of theirs in Kentucky. The friend called to tell him thanks for his service. Wayne said that was the first such call he had ever received. He was very happy. Ron told Wayne that here in Oklahoma strangers will stop him on the street if he is wearing one of his Navy ship ball caps and they will just say "thank you for your service". It is a new thing for these Vets and means a great deal so don't ever think your words are not appreciated all year round. As Ralph said, you don't have to wait just for Veteran's Day.

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  16. I'm one day past Veterans Day, but my thanks goes out to both those men who were chatting away in your house.
    I have great respect and gratitude for our veterans.

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  17. It is like a Fraternity that only those who belong tru;ly understand each other! I bet it has been a lot of fun to watch them converse....!

    Those numbers are sobering, aren't they?

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