From the desk of Don Merrill:
In the United States, we will be celebrating Memorial Day tomorrow, May 27, 2019 (the last Monday in May). The origins of Memorial Day (or Decoration Day as it was originally known), are unclear. The earliest references to Decoration Day appeared shortly after the end of the Civil War as various communities selected a day in early spring to honor their fallen heros by decorating their graves with flowers and flags.
Did you know that more than 600,000 people died in the Civil War? That was by far the deadliest war in U.S. history. By contrast, in WWI the U.S. suffered 126,000 military deaths, in WWII the U.S. suffered 407,000 losses, in the Korean War we suffered 33,686 battle deaths, in the Viet Nam war we had 57,000 military deaths, the Iraq war caused 4,497 military fallen, and in Afghanistan we have had 2,216 deaths so far. These numbers are approximate and do vary (widely) by source.