The marker at one of the mass graves at Shiloh Battlefield. More Americans were killed in action in two days at Shiloh than in all previous American wars combined. Official Civil War death totals estimate 650,000 dead. Historians speculate that the actual number of dead is likely more than a million.
This pictorial offers a few examples of the conflicts in which Americans gave their lives. Thousands of Americans have died in conflicts, skirmishes, police actions, and interventions. There is no memorial for many of these people. In some cases, the government would rather we didn’t know. But the sacrifices are still very real. And the physical, mental, and emotional toll of war has killed many of its participants years, even decades, after the guns fell silent.
This Memorial Day, may we remember these sacrifices. May we embrace and celebrate the blessings of freedom that were purchased with these sacrifices. But may we never forget the cost.
Wishing you a happy and mindful Memorial Day from ABG.
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