May 30th Memorial Day

Memorial Day became official in 1868 when the Grand Army of the Republic met in Decatur, Illinois where survivors of the American Civil War from the Union side gathered to decorate the graves of their fallen comrades. Originally known as “Decoration Day” the Southern troops claim to have preceded their Union counterparts by doing the same in 1866. Either way the idea of celebrating the lives of those who fell in service to our country’s armed forces has become a major holiday of remembrance in the United States.

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It got me thinking about how many wars our troops have been a part of since the Civil War. Some are obviously better known than others, but listed below are conflicts where soldiers fell fighting for what their country determined of value. Agree with the conflict or not, these men and women paid the ultimate sacrifice and should be honored. It wasn’t always nation against nation, in some cases, it was American against American, as in the Indian Wars or the Civil War. So here we go, you may not believe how many wars we have participated in…

Colorado War, Snake War, Powder River War, Red Cloud’s War, Formosa Expedition…

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Comanche Campaign, United States Expedition to Korea, Modoc War, Red River War…

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Las Cuevas War, Great Sioux War of 1876, Buffalo Hunter’s War, Nez Perce War…

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San Elizario War, Bannock War, Cheyenne War, Sheepeaters War, Victorio’s War…

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White River War, Pine Ridge Campaign, Garza Revolution, Yaqui Wars…

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Second Samon Civil War, Spanish-American War, Phillippine-American War…

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Moro Rebellion, Boxer Rebellion, Crazy Snake Rebellion, Border War, Negro Rebellion…

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Occupation of Nicaragua, Bluff War, Occupation of Haiti, Sugar Intervention…

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Occupation of the Dominican Republic, World War 1, Russian Civil War, Posey War…

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World War 2, Korean War, Lebanon Crisis, Bay of Pigs Invasion, Simba Rebellion…

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Dominican Civil War, Vietnam War, Communist Insurgency of Thailand, Shaba II…

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Multinational Force in Lebanon, Invasion of Grenada, Tanker War, Invasion of Panama…

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Gulf War, Somali Civil War, Intervention in Haiti, Bosnian War, Kosovo War, Afghanistan…

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Iraq War, War in North-West Pakistan, 2011 Intervention in Libya & the War on ISIS…

How to celebrate: Decorate the final resting place of someone who has fallen in service to our country. Give a thought (or prayer if you wish) to those who fell in places you have never heard of. Fly your flag proudly for those who died for it.

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