Honoring Our Service Members with Math Statistics

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States that is dedicated to remembering those who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. The infographic below illustrates some surprising numbers and statistics associated with Memorial Day. Take time today to say thank you to a service member and to remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Memorial Day – pays tribute to those U.S. service members who lost their lives.

1,196,793 – total war casualties, over 300,000 of which are buried at Arlington National Cemetery

  • 4,435 – American Revolution
  • 2,260 – War of 1812
  • 13,283 – Mexican War
  • 498,332 – Civil War
  • 2,446 – Spanish-American War
  • 116,516 – World War 1
  • 405,399 – World War 2
  • 54,246 – Korean War
  • 90,220 – Vietnam War
  • 1,948 – Desert Shield/Desert Storm
  • 4,422 – Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • 66 – Operation New Dawn
  • 2,220 – Operation Enduring Freedom

An average of 28 burials occur each weekday at Arlington – 6,900 annually

1971 – year that Memorial Day was established as an official holiday

  • It’s now celebrated on the last Monday in May

220,000 – flags planted at Arlington for Memorial Day in 2012

Thank you to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Sources: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense, Arlington National Cemetery

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