In 238 years of our nation's military history, 1.3 million service members have perished in more than 30 conflicts.
To put that number in perspective, it is roughly equivalent to the population of San Antonio – our nation's seventh largest city. It is the same as the population of Omaha, Atlanta and Kansas City combined. It is a number we can hardly fathom, but it is like losing the entire population of Maine, Hawaii or New Hampshire.
The losses are great in our history, but we are a people proud to serve and proud to sacrifice for our ideals and what we believe to be the greater good. We may not agree with the politics or reasons for every conflict, but we believe in defending our own, our interests and our allies, and when our nation has called, brave men and women have always stepped forward to make that sacrifice.