By the numbers: Veterans and Memorial Day – CNN.com

May 26, 2012 · Posted in America · Comments Off 
By Amy Roberts and Lindsey Knight, CNN Library
updated 6:06 PM EDT, Fri May 25, 2012
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Members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment place flags at the graves of U.S. soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment place flags at the graves of U.S. soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Washington (CNN) — As the country heads into the Memorial Day weekend, there are still almost 1.5 million U.S soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines deployed in war zones or combat missions worldwide, and the 3,000th coalition service member, a U.S. sailor, has died in Afghanistan.

So far, more than 6,400 U.S. servicemen and Read More

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Memorial Day History

May 20, 2012 · Posted in America · Comments Off 

A Brief History of Memorial Day

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Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our country. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former sailors and soldiers.

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