In my opinion, this day is as important to our history as April 19, 1775 when the "Shot heard round the world was fire." There were 407,316 Americans killed or missing in action; 671,846 wounded & 130,201 POW?s (not counting those who died in captivity before the Axis forces surrendered. God bless those men and women who remain with us and those who have passed on, and their families. .