Freedom Is Not Free

2 May

Freedom Is Not Free

Photo Ilustration of Veteran's Day or Memorial Day With United States Flag flying overheard and reflected in monument.

Photo Ilustration of Veteran’s Day or Memorial Day With United States Flag flying overheard and reflected in monument.

Memorial Day tends to be the unofficial start of summer. For many U.S. families, however, it is the official day to mark their loss of a loved one who fought and died for the freedoms citizens enjoy. And, a grateful nation joins them in remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The first Memorial Day was observed May 30th, 1868. Established by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, the national holiday gives people an opportunity to “cherish tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes.”

According to the Memorial Day Foundation, more than 1 million American men and women have lost their lives in armed conflicts since July 4, 1776. The Memorial Day Foundation has calculated the cost of American Freedom and shares the number of American men and women in a number of conflicts:

  • Revolutionary War – 4,500
  • War of 1812 – 2,260
  • Mexican War – 13,283
  • Civil War – 563,621
  • Spanish-American War – 2,446
  • World War I – 116,516
  • World War II – 405,399
  • Korean War – 36,574
  • Vietnam – 58,209
  • Operation Enduring Freedom – 2,352
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom – 4,425

There will be plenty of picnics in the park, beach outings and backyard barbecues going on to kick off the unofficial start of summer.

Take a moment also to remember those who’ve lost their lives in service of the nation. On Monday, May 30th, you can join citizens across the nation participating in the National Moment of Remembrance with a moment of silence at 3pm.

Also, San Francisco area residents can participate in a Day of Honor and Remembrance at the Presidio featuring a parade, formal program, a 21-gun salute and more.

As we look to Memorial Day, our Peninsula Auto Body team would like to thank American men and women serving for protecting our freedoms. We also will remember all those who gave their lives to do so.

Peninsula Auto Body, Inc.
1430 San Mateo Ave.
S. San Francisco, CA 94080

Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30 am-5:30 pm; Sat 8 am-12 pm

About Author

author posts

Leave a Comment


At Peninsula Auto Body, “The Customer is our Top Priority.” Not only are we a preferred repair facility for multiple insurance companies, but we also offer convenient courtesy shuttle services throughout the Bay area and an Enterprise Rent-A-Car in our lobby.


  • FREE Repair Estimate
  • Towing 24/7 Service
  • Insurance Assistance
  • Rental Car Assistance
  • Paintless Dent Repair
  • Environmentally Safe Paint Matching
  • Cracked Windshield Repair
  • Major and Minor Collision

Contact Info

Servicing South San Francisco and surrounding cities:
Brisbane, Colma, Pacifica, San Bruno, Daly City, San Francisco, South San Francisco, San Francisco Airport, Broadmoor, Moss Beach, El Granada, San Mateo, Moon Bay, Burlingame, Hillsborough, Foster City, Belmont, Miramar, San Carlos, Montara

1430 San Mateo Ave. South San Francisco, CA

Tel: 650.588.0999