Memorial Day 2006

  • Did you know Memorial Day was first celebrated in 1868?
  • The number of U.S. armed forces personnel who served in World War II between Dec. 1, 1941, and Dec. 31, 1946 was 16.1 million.
  • The average length of active-duty by U.S. military personnel during WWII was 33 months.
  • The proportion of U.S. military personnel who served abroad during WWII was 73 percent.
  • A total of 292,000 U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines were killed in battle in WWII.
  • The estimated number of women in 2002 who were WWII veterans was 210,000. These women comprised 4.4 percent of WWII vets.

Let us not forget...