Thank those you cannot Thank - Memorial Day salute in Grant Park

Thank those you cannot Thank - Memorial Day salute in Grant Park

Memorial Day is not Veterans Day, I am a United States Army Veteran and on Veterans Day I thank those who serve or has served our country. Today is a day to "Thank those you cannot Thank" a day to remember those who have fallen, given their live to make this country safe and great.

Remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. I suggest a nice tribute would be to decorate an unkempt grave of a fallen soldier

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Today the 17th Annual Ceremony and Dedication of the General John A. Logan Monument was held with a wreath laying and monument rededication commemorating those who died serving our country.

The  event was conducted by representatives from each branch of the armed services as well as representatives from both Gold Star Families and Daughters of the American Revolution.

The wreath laying ceremony was conducted by Major General John L. Borling, United States Air Force (Retired) and a former Vietnam Prisoner of War. Iraq War veteran Captain Christian Palmer, United States Marines (Retired) provided a moving tribute to the men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan by adding twelve names and photos to Illinois Faces of the Fallen Soldiers. Second Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti was the keynote speaker.

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The event concluded with a 21 Gun Salute conducted by the Chicago Police Department, Police Rifle Detail and taps played by Grace Adduci. and a fitting Memorial Day salute in Grant Park.

As of this years Memorial Day, number of how many made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Revolutionary War - 1775 to 1783 - over 5000
The War of 1812 - 1812 to 1815 - over 2000
The Mexican War - 1846 to 1848 - over 13,000
The American Civil War - 1861 to 1865 -  nearly 700,000
The Spanish-American War - 1898 - over 2000
World War I - 1917 to 1918  - 116,000
World War II - 1941 to 1945  - over 400,000
The Korean Conflict - 1950 to 1953 - over 36,000
The Vietnam Conflict - 1964 to 1973 - nearly 60,000
The Gulf War - 1990 to 1991 - 382
The Iraq War - 2003 to 2012 - over 4,400

Over 6,700  in Afghanistan and Iraq. Add up all those men and women who've died in these wars and conflicts over the last 232 years along with the covert and overt operations such as; Grenada, Panama, Mogadishu, and the Balkans you end up with a tally of  over 1,4 million men and women who've given their lives to protect the freedoms and interests of United States of America.

Today we remember and say: Thank You!

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