by Kimberly A. Cook
Freedom isn’t free. Those words are powerful if we take the time to really think about the cost in lives. This three-day weekend is in honor of those who have died during military service, whether during war or peace. Men, women, and military animals have given their lives to protect us all.
On this coming Monday, please take a few moments to thank and honor the sacrifice of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to keep us free. Remember the cost to their fellow veterans, families and friends and their untimely deaths.
Because we don’t see the numbers, I wanted to list all the military lives lost to defend our country. I also want to honor the military members who stand guard today around the world.
America’s Wars from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
4,435 Battle Deaths
War of 1812
2,260 Battle Deaths
1,000 Battle Deaths (VA estimate)
1,733 Battle Deaths
11,550 Other Deaths (In Theater)
140,414 Union Battle Deaths
224,097 Union Deaths (In Theater)
74,524 Confederate Battle Deaths (Incomplete returns)
59,297 Confederate Deaths (In Theater) (Not including 26,000 to 31,000 who died in Union prisons.)
385 Battle Deaths
2,061 Other Deaths in Service
World War I
53,402 Battle Deaths
63,114 Other Deaths in Service
World War II
291,557 Battle Deaths
113,842 Other Deaths in Service
33,739 Battle Deaths
2,835 Other Deaths (In Theater)
17,672 Other Deaths in Service
47,434 Battle Deaths
10,786 Other Deaths (In Theater)
32,000 Other Deaths in Service
Desert Shield/Desert Storm
148 Battle Deaths
235 Other Deaths (In Theater)
1,565 Other Deaths in Service
These numbers don’t account for the heavy toll of suicide on our troops since this nation was born. Reach out if you know a veteran who needs help.
Veterans Crisis Line 1.800.273.8255
Veterans Crisis Line Text 838255
Freedom isn’t free.
Have a great, safe, Memorial Day weekend.