Memorial Day 2020

April 2, 2021

Honoring Our Fallen

Today we honor the more than 650,000+ Americans who died in service to our nation, including 9 killed in action so far this year.

Global War on Terror:
Behind The Numbers

5,462 deaths

We don’t have a final count of the # of fallen in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond because the war isn’t over.

2019 was the deadliest year for U.S. troops in Afghanistan since 2014.

“The international military Coalition is capable and credible because of warriors like Juan, Brodie, and Marshal…Our fallen comrades have a legacy that will never be forgotten.”

Lt. Gen. Pat White, Commanding General of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, speaking of Army Spc. Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubias (27), U.K. Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon (26), & Air Force Staff Sgt. Marshal D. Roberts (28) who were killed during a rocket attack in Iraq in March.

Wartime Battle Deaths

  • WWI (1917 – 1918): 4.7M served; 53,402 died in battle
  • WWII (1941 – 1945): 16.1M served; 291,557 died in battle
  • Korean War (1950 – 1953): 5.7M served; 33,739 died in battle
  • Vietnam Era (1964 – 1975): 8.7M served; 47,434 died in battle
  • Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990 – 1991): 2.2M served; 148 died in battle

DID YOU KNOW? Under the Federal Flag Code, on Memorial Day the U.S. flag is flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon and then raised to the top until sunset.

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by Jenna Lee,