Thursday, June 03, 2010

Perspective

I found this over at The Lemon Stand.  In part, she wrote:

"Revolutionary War Dead  ............ 25,000
War of 1812 Dead  .................... 20,000
Indian Wars Dead  ...................... 1,500
Mexican-American War Dead  ........ 13,283
Civil War Dead  ....................... 625,000
Spanish-American War Dead  .......... 2,446
Philipine-American War Dead  ........ 4,196
WWI Dead  ............................ 116,516
WWII Dead  ........................... 405,399
Korean War Dead  ..................... 53,686
Vietnam War Dead  ................... 58,209
Beirut deployment Dead  ................. 266
Gulf War Dead  ............................ 382
Iraq War Dead  .......................... 4,404
Afghanistan War Dead  ................. 1,087
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                                                  1,331,374

According to the Department of Defense there are approximately 3 million Military Service Members both Active Duty and Reserve serving today. According to the Census Bureau web site there are approximately 310 million people living in the United States. Which, if you calculate the percentages, approximately 1% of the population protects the rest of us on a daily basis."

4 comments:

The Wifey said...
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Gaile said...

WOW - that really does put it all in perspective! I might have to re-post this one :)
I found you through The Wifey's milspouse blogroll, and I've left you an award over on my pregnancy blog www.preggotimes.blogspot.com. I also have a deployment blog if you are interested, over at www.anotherdeployment.blogspot.com

:)

Lemon Stand said...

Oddly enough, this post has stuck in my mind even after I posted it. It just seems to not want to get relegated to the back of my grey matter. So I asked one of my daughters who is brilliant with computer graphics, to come up with a 'real' receipt just so I can dig this post out again next Memorial Day.

Thank you for posting it again here. I wish every American could understand this concept but I am happy that my own little corner of the universe does. :o)

Brie said...

Those numbers make me soo sad. :(

Coming by to let you know that I had you on a milspouse list, and I'm transferring over to a new plug-in version where you link yourself up. If you'd like to put your site up stop by: http://www.etceteralife.com/p/links.html

Thanks!