Memorial Day: We Remember – We Look Forward
Imagine how, as Collins English Dictionary states, “If people work or stand shoulder to shoulder, they work together in order to achieve something, or support each other.” In 244 years, 41,899,128 Americans served shoulder to shoulder in our wars, listed below. 2 million of them died. More than 1 million were wounded.
Revoluntionary War: 217,00 total service members; battle deaths – 4435; wounded – 6,188.
War of 1812: 286,730 total service members; killed – 2260; wounded – 4,505.
Indian War: 106,000 total service members; killed – 1000.
Mexican War: 78,718 total service members; total in battle and in-theater deaths – 13,283; wounded – 4152.
Civil War: 3,263,363 total service members; total deaths in battle, accident, starvation and disease est. 500,000 – 850,000.
Spanish American War: 306,760 total service members worldwide; deaths in service and in battle – 2446.
World War 1: 4,734,991 total service members; total deaths 116,516; wounded – 204,002.
World War 2: 16,112,566 total service members; total deaths in battle, theater and non-theater – 405,399; wounded – 670,846.
Korean War: 5,720,000 total service members; total deaths in battle, theater, and non-theater – 54,246; wounded – 103,284.
Vietnam War: 8,744,000 total service members; total deaths in battle, theater and non-theater – 144,466; wounded – 153,303.
Persian Gulf War: 2,322,000 total service members; total deaths in battle, theater and non-theater – 1948; wounded – 467.
Global War on Terror, 2001 – present day: 10,008+ total Americans (civilians and soldiers) killed; total Americans wounded – 56,422+.
We Look Forward
Zephaniah 3:8-10 says, “Therefore wait for me,” declares the Lord, “for the day I will stand up to testify. I have decided to assemble the nation, to gather the kingdoms and to pour out my wrath on them—all my fierce anger. The whole world will be consumed by the fire of my jealous anger. Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him shoulder to shoulder. From beyond the rivers of Cush my worshipers, my scattered people will bring me offerings.”
One day, God will destroy evil and wars will cease. Until that day comes, may we as Christians, through the power of the Holy Spirit, work in unity, shoulder to shoulder with each other in the spiritual battles we daily encounter that we can’t begin to comprehend.
“Thank you, Heavenly Father, for those who have fought on behalf of our extraordinary country, to the point of death, to accomplish Your will for us as a nation. Help us to keep our eyes on the importance of working together, being in unity, and being more like Jesus every day. May we show Your love to a hurting world full of war, and death and wounds and strife. May we quickly and joyfully point to You as the hope of this world. Amen.”
by Jill Cristao, Director of Connections and Communications
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