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It’s Memorial Day weekend. It is seen by many as the beginning of summer. Lake Lanier will be filled with boaters and swimmers and campers and picnickers who will celebrate fun on this holiday weekend. But, the truth of Memorial Day is that it is not a celebration. It is a commemoration; a time to remember the sacrifice of many. Memorial Day reminds us of the true cost of freedom. Freedom isn’t free. It comes at a great cost. I have read and heard the stats, and so have most of you.


In our nation’s first 100 years of existence, over 683,000 Americans lost their lives, with the Civil War accounting for

623,026 of that total (91.2%). Compare that to the next 100 years and 626,000 died through two world wars and several regional conflicts, such as Vietnam and our current conflicts in the Middle East. World War 2 saw 65% of our soldiers die in the latter half of our history. (From U.S. Army Military History Institute; iCasualties.org).


That’s well over a million lives that have been sacrificed for our freedom and the freedom of others around the world.

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