- Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday in May, is the day on which we honor all those members of the armed forces who have died in service to their country. It is also a time to remember the ideals for which they died.
- On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan issued General Order No. 11 designating Decoration Day, later called Memorial Day, as a day to honor "comrades who died in defense of their country."
- The flag is folded into the shape of a tri-cornered hat (triangle), the kind of hat worn by colonial soldiers during the American Revolution.
- In the American Civil War, 562,130 were killed.
- Weldon Barr recorded the following in his diary: "November 11, 1918: The Armistice was signed at 5 A.M." Today, this date is celebrated in many places as Veterans Day.
- There are almost 2 million women veterans. Women have served in some way in every conflict from the American Revolution to Operation Allied Force around Kosovo.
- Maya Lin, at the time a Yale architectural student, designed "The Wall," the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
- According to St. Augustine, "The purpose of all war is peace."
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