Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day!    Isn't it sad that we have to celebrate this day?  Isn't it more sad that its not because of wars 100 years ago and 'remember when we used to be at war" as opposed to opening up the front page of the newspaper every day and read about "10 US Soldiers died today" or more?

Last year I was in Santa Barbara and took a pretty sad picture..  Here it is -

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This was taken 6/4/2006    the count as of today is 3455 per this website

American Military Casualties in Iraq

Date

Total

In Combat

.

American Deaths

Since war began (3/19/03):

3455

2844

Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03) (

the list

)

3316

2736

Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03):

2994

2538

Since Handover (6/29/04):

2596

2211

Since Election (1/31/05):

2018

1948

American Wounded

Official

Estimated

Total Wounded

:

25549

23000 -

100000