Daily readings about people, places, and events in American history.
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May 29th
“America will never forget their sacrifices”
On May 29, 2004, America dedicated the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., which pays tribute to all Americans who served in history’s most terrible war. Inscribed near a wall honoring those who gave their lives in World War II is a simple statement from Harry S. Truman: “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.

At this time of year, when Americans kick off their summers with holiday weekend vacations and barbecues, it is good to pause and remember our countrymen who have answered the call to serve, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Conflict: Revolutionary War (1775–1783)
U.S. Military Deaths: 25,000

Conflict: War of 1812 (1812–1815)
U.S. Military Deaths: 20,000

Conflict: Mexican War (1846–1848)
U.S. Military Deaths: 13,300

Conflict: Civil War (1861–1865)
U.S. Military Deaths: Union 360,000 | Confederate 260,000

Conflict: Spanish-American War (1898)
U.S. Military Deaths: 2,500

Conflict: World War I (1917–1918)
U.S. Military Deaths: 116,500

Conflict: World War II (1941–1945)
U.S. Military Deaths: 405,400

Conflict: Korean War (1950–1953)
U.S. Military Deaths: 36,600

Conflict: Vietnam War (1964–1973)
U.S. Military Deaths: 58,200

Conflict: Persian Gulf War (1990–1991)
U.S. Military Deaths: 380

Conflict: Afghanistan (2001– )
U.S. Military Deaths: 1,000**

Conflict: Iraq War (2003– )
U.S. Military Deaths: 4,400**

*Includes battlefield and other deaths, such as soldiers who died of disease. Because official records may be incomplete, especially prior to World War I, military death figures are estimates.
**Approximate military deaths as of June 1, 2010.

American History Parade
1765
Patrick Henry attacks the Stamp Act in Virginia’s House of Burgesses, saying, “If this be treason, make the most of it!”

1790
Rhode Island becomes the last of the thirteen original states to ratify the Constitution.

1848
Wisconsin becomes the thirtieth state.

1917
John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth U.S. president, is born in Brookline, Massachusetts.
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