A Veteran is someone,
who at one point in his/her life
wrote a check made payable to the
United States of America in the amount of
"Up to and Including My Life"
A day of remembrance and honor for those who
have died in our Nation’s service.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Known But To God"
The Tomb contains the remains of unknown American soldiers from
World Wars I and II, the Korean Conflict and (until 1998) the Vietnam War.
The Tomb is guarded 24-hours-per-day and 365-days-per year by specially trained members of the 3rd United States Infantry (The Old Guard).
Resting Place of President John F. Kennedy
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day—a day when the graves of Civil War soldiers were cleaned and decorated. General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic first observed the holiday in 1868 when he declared, “the 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of… decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country.”
After World War I, the red poppy became synonymous with Memorial Day. All over the world, people wear poppies or place them on graves to honor soldiers who died serving their nation during war.
In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday to be celebrated the last Monday of every May.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
District of Columbia
Most Americans are familiar with the major wars—Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, and the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—but few think of those killed in "minor" conflicts. Examples of the lesser-known actions range from the Franco-American Naval War (1798-1800) to the tragedy of the USS Cole. No American death is too insignificant to remember when that life was lost in the service of one’s country.
USS Washington Plaque
Navy Memorial - District of Columbia
In December 2000, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed in Congress. The resolution asks that at 3:00 p.m. local time, each Memorial Day, all Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps.”
National World War II Memorial
National World War II Memorial - Field of Stars
4,000 Gold stars.
We can also commemorate Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of fallen heroes, by visiting war memorials, by flying the United States flag at half-staff, or by simply educating ourselves about the great sacrifices that so many soldiers made for their country and for the safety of the world.
Vietnam Memorial Wall
Vietnam Women's Memorial
Memorial dedicated to the women of the United States who
served in the Vietnam War, most of whom were nurses
Korean War Veterans Memorial
The Marine Corps War Memorial
also called the Iwo Jima Memorial
The United States Marine Corps War Memorial represents this nation's gratitude to Marines and those who have fought beside them. The memorial is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in the defense of the United States since 1775.
Unknown Soldiers buried at Valley Forge
Valley Forge, PA - U.S. Revolutionary War Memorials
Wars Ranked by Total Deaths
|Rank||War||Years||Deaths||Deaths per Day||Deaths per Population|
|1||American Civil War||1861–1865||625,000||599||1.988% (1860)|
|2||World War II||1941–1945||405,399||416||0.307% (1940)|
|3||World War I||1917–1918||116,516||279||0.110% (1920)|
|4||Vietnam War||1955–1975||58,151||26||0.03% (1970)|
|5||Korean War||1950–1953||36,516||45||0.02% (1950)|
|6||American Revolutionary War||1775–1783||25,000||11||0.899% (1780)|
|7||War of 1812||1812–1815||20,000||31||0.345% (1810)|
|8||Mexican–American War||1846–1848||13,283||29||0.057% (1850)|
|9||War on Terror (estimate)||2001–present||6,280+||2||0.002% (2010)|
|10||Philippine–American War||1899–1913||4,196||1||0.006% (1900)|
All Photos by Howard Wright