Memorial Day by the Numbers
The Daily Beast collects the numbers on the men and women who fight America’s battles.
4,488 – American deaths in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense.
1,973 – American deaths in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.
3,000 – Total number of fatalities for all coalition forces in Afghanistan.
631.4 billion – Amount in dollars authorized by the Senate Armed Services Committee for defense spending in fiscal year 2013.
144 – Words in the “Marines’ Hymn,” the official hymn of the United States Marine Corps.
146 – Years since the first acknowledged Memorial Day in Waterloo, N.Y., which was recognized as the birthplace of the holiday by the U.S. government in 1966.
29 – Percentage of senators who are veterans.
21 – Percentage of members of the House of Representatives who are veterans.
3.3 – Percentage of the total adult population of the United States who are veterans.
24 – Number of presidents of the United States who served in the military.
34.8 million – Number of Americans expected to travel 50 miles or more over the holiday weekend.
1.4 – Percent increase over number of travelers last year.
27 to 30 – Veterans interred at Arlington Cemetery every day.
124,909 – American servicemen and women interred in foreign soil.
972 – Cadets graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point this week. They were commissioned second lieutenants.
58,272 – Names engraved on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
21.3 – Average Army enlistment age, in years, in 2011 for active duty.
321,053 – Total number of active-duty Navy personnel.
47,943 – Navy personnel on deployment as of May 25, 2012.
3.1 million – Gravesites maintained for veterans by the National Cemetery Administration.
67,000 – Homeless veterans on the street on a given night, according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.
33 – Percent increase Obama’s 2013 budget calls for in funding for veterans assistance programs.
4.06 – Percent of GDP spent on the military, as of 2005 estimates.
123 – Years cadets at West Point have worn the familiar gray dress jacket.
109 – Search-and-rescue cases conducted by the Coast Guard on an average day.
306 – Pounds of cocaine seized by the Coast Guard on an average day.
25 – Hours British forces bombarded Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor in 1814, giving Francis Scott Key ample time to pen “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
818 – Estimated number of hot dogs per second consumed by Americans in the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
10 – French-horn players in the Marine Corps band.
1,500 – Estimated number of haircuts given weekly on a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.
20 – Years a nuclear-powered Nimitz-class carrier is capable of operating without refueling.