As we stop at this time of year for Memorial Day it is more than just a three day weekend or a time for sales but a time for remembrance for those who, as Abraham Lincoln said, gave the last full measure so we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. Here are a few facts about Memorial Day & The veterans who served:
• It was first celebrated on May 30, 1868 as Decoration Day to decorate the graves of those who died in the Civil War, remembering their comrades who died.
• The number of U.S. armed forces personnel who served in World War II between Dec. 1, 1941, and Dec. 31, 1946 was 16.1 million.
• A total of 292,000 U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines were killed in battle in WWII.
• 5.7 million World War II veterans were counted in the 2000 Census. The census identified the period of service for World War II veterans as September 1940 to July 1947. (All facts courtesy of HistoryChannel.Com)