657,983 And Counting

cemetery and headstones

Memorial Day is a special holiday for our country. We set aside a day to honor the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice—their very life—so that we can live in freedom, enjoying and celebrating the ideals that still make this country unique from all others. There are those who say those freedoms are eroding. I agree. There are those who say our system of government and the balance of powers has been weakened. I agree with that, too. There are those who say that the balance of federal and state power is out of whack. Again, I agree.

There are also very good arguments that there isn’t freedom for all. We also need to recognize that opportunity often has restrictive roadblocks.

Nevertheless, while not perfect, we do live in a country that is blessed with unparalleled freedom and opportunity for which we should be thankful. We claim this wonderful place as our home because, since the days of the American Revolution, 657,983 Americans have given their life to protect yours.

Pause to reflect on their sacrifice that bought you your blessed and comfortable way of life.

Dr. Scott Yorkovich is a leadership coach and consultant. He works with individuals, small and medium organizations, and ministries. He is also an experienced competency-based higher education professional. Contact him at ScottYorkovich[at]LeadStrategic.com with your questions.

For stats on American lives lost in wars see this helpful LA Times article. The link at the end of that article takes you to a Web site which is continuously updated with current casualties. The total count I provided in this post includes figures as of May 24, 2018.

Photo by Neil Thomas. Photo available at Unsplash under CC0 license. Image modified for size and space.

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