According to United States Census Bureau, in the year 2011 there are 16.1 million wartime veterans of the living 21.6 million heroes who served in wartime duty during a period of war.
Often we do not observe the day as it should be, a day where we actively remember our ancestors, family members, our loved ones, our neighbors, and our friends who have given the ultimate sacrifices. If the Veteran you know is in the same city where you are living, make sure you visit and talk to them in person and Memorial Day is the perfect day to listen to them, learn from them and applaud for their memories and sacrifices.
I would like to share a nicely presented info graphic from Census.gov which clearly explains the history and the sacrifices of the wartime heroes in different years.
It is quite possible that the Veterans you know might be living far from you. If they are living far, you can send Video Greetings using Inviter for free, which can be easily accessed by Veterans using their smart-phone or computer. It is a truly effective way to show them that you care and honor the services they provided to the country.
As Joseph Campbell said “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Let’s salute our wartime vets on the event of Memorial Day.