Today is Veteran’s Day in America, and the BlueSheepDog Crew want to take time to thank all of our veterans who have sacrificed for their country, keeping us the land of the free and home of the brave. We want to take just a little time to reflect on all that has been done for the greatest country in the history of mankind.
The original Veteran’s Day in America was instituted in 1919 to remember to veterans of WWI, the war to end all wars. We selected November 11th because that was Armistice Day, the end of the first world-wide war. Of great significance is the number 11. Armistice Day, the end of hostilities for “The Great War”, was determined to be the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month (11-11-11).
As of 2014 there are 21.8 million living veterans of America’s Armed Forces. Though this is a very impressive number, I find it remarkable that we currently are the most powerful military in the world, and yet we only have 1.4 million currently serving in the military. This is roughly only 0.3% of all Americans. Living veterans only account for around 7.5% of Americans. Sadly these numbers are fairly consistent across America’s history.
Many historians have concluded General George Washington never had more than 20,000 troops under his command, and the numbers are likely much lower due to desertions. At the same time it is estimated that there were 3 million people living in America. That means less than 1% of Americans fought for their independence. The gratitude owed to the very few is indeed an incredible amount.
Prior to the “Great War” America had suffered through many conflicts. As the numbers below show, it has taken the brave to keep us free, and many have died to provide it. Perhaps one of the best ways to describe a veteran of our Armed Forces is from this popular post:
“Veteran: Someone who at one time in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America, up to and including their life.”
On this “day of days” let us take time to reflect on all that we hold dear, of all our freedoms, and the great country that continues to be a beacon of light in a world full of tyranny, terrorism, and oppression. Once you reflect upon those cherished blessings of this nation, take time to find a veteran and tell them thank you!
Casualties of America’s Armed Forces
The following is a graph of America’s losses during its major wars and conflicts. The totals at the end incorporate all conflicts, and so are greater than the major wars shown.
American Military Casualties
|American War||Americans Killed||Americans Wounded||Total Casualties|
|War for Independence||25,000||25,000||50,000|
|War of 1812||15,000||4,505||19,505|
|World War I||116,516||204,002||320,518|
|World War II||405,399||670,846||1,076,245|
|TOTAL CASUALTIES||1.4 MILLION||1.5 MILLION||2.9 MILLION|