Memorial Day: Visualizing America’s Wartime Veterans

Tyler Durden's picture

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who died in service to their country. The holiday was officially proclaimed in 1868 to honor Union and Confederate soldiers and was expanded after World War I to honor those who died in all wars. Today, Memorial Day honors over one million men and women who have died in military service since the Civil War. This infographic compiles statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Defense to honor our men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.



And some historic quotes inspired by the supreme patriotic sacrifice made by so many:


Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.

- James Bryce


Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

- George Washington  

I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
- James A. Baldwin


My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

- John F. Kennedy


Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.

- Mark Twain


A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.

- George William Curtis


Memorial Day this year is especially important as we are reminded almost daily of the great sacrifices that the men and women of the Armed Services make to defend our way of life.

- Robin Hayes

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RacerX's picture

Interesting graphic. Too bad it doesn't start at the Revolutionary War.

malikai's picture

Now, that would be supporting of terrorism.

We can't have that now can we?

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

How about a infographic describing how bankers financed both sides?

freewolf7's picture

"All Wars Are Bankers Wars"
on You Tube

Also, these stats don't include those with PTSD,
who may not have died "in theater",
but did choose suicide,
or just had a slow death
on the streets
or in their quality of life.

Bankers, financing this misery,
are the most sociopathic
beings on the planet.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Do you find it ironic that these brave men died "in theater?"  Theater for whom?  Bankers?


francis_sawyer's picture

What day of the year do we honor "grannies" who saved money all their lives only to have Benny & the inkjets steal it from them & force them to buy discounted catfood to live to see another day?...

true brain's picture

"Fellow Americans, let's honor the veterans and go shopping. After all there is no better way to fight tezzozitsss who hates us for our malls."  G.W. Bush.


"Fellow American, patriotism is never asking why bankers get richer, but ask instead if you and yours get your fair share in SNAP, and HFA, and student aids, and healthcare. And the answer is a resounding yes. Yes, you can. Yes you have." Barack Obama.

cynicalskeptic's picture

'War is a racket'

"I've spent a career in the service of American Business'

- Smedley Butler.

The Heart's picture

"Fellow Americans, let's honor the veterans and go shopping."

Signs of the economy? You know people are broke when they never use a shopping cart to go shopping anymore. You know they are broken poor when they get things at the food store, and have to put them back because of the lack of money to buy what one needs. You know people are broke when they all stay home and do not drive to the store any more and when they do, it is no more than four times a month. Welcome to America, the land where the war profiteers make hay, and the poor get poorer and then die prematurely. Change!!

Yeah, that ol economy is just booming. Might as well have a false flag event to start more world war and send all those collage graduate kids off to fight another banksters war so they can get richer, and the kids can die. Maybe they will even get to be part of the population reduction agenda if they are lucky. (sarc off/)

May each and every one reflect now on whether your choice is to support and finance moar war, or to do all one can to stop this insanity and arrest the evil warmonger bankster profiteers. There are enough resources and an abundance of what every soul on the planet needs and requires for a beautiful sustainable life. If we stop paying for all these endless wars of aggression, close all 900 USA warmonger bases of operation all over the world, and bring home all our troops NOW, maybe there can be a future for all the children who are otherwise scheduled to go on the chopping block of sacrifice for the evil banksters that want to kill us all off eventually.

Bless each and every soul on board today.

Memento Mori.

CutOut's picture

ZH readers may like to ask HEART why he intentionally posts disinfo including Boston bombing fake injuries / fake blood / crisis actors garbage which is 100% DISINFORMATION.

HEART, we are still waiting for an explanation...

(Have got screen caps so don't bother deleting your Boston posts)


ZH is being targeted by FedGov spambots & human operatives saturating the comment sections with garbage and disinformation in addition to down voting certain posters.

They are not harmless trolls, they are professional operatives attempting to undermine and discredit ZH via multi nic sock puppets.

Attacking this post by constant down voting speaks for itself.
Case closed.

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

How about a infographic of how many bankers and politicains sons served and died.

cynicalskeptic's picture

At least with the British Empire the second son in a family of wealth served in the military (the first inheriting the family estate, the third often going into the clergy) .  In the US the scions of the wealthy and powerful manage to avoid service  - or go through a sham 'show' of serving.

I wonder if we d fight so many wars if the sons of Congressmen, Presidents and cabinet members had to fight.


Was at West Point late in the course of Vietnam - NOBODY really 'believed' at that point - many were there only to put things off for four years hoping for a better assignment - lots of low draft lottery numbers.  Upperclassmen had heard enough back from their predecessors - it was a clusterfuck and pointless.  No sense of glory, just a hope that it might end before they got killed or a hope they'd get through the mess if it didn't.....  today with an all volunteer military you have far fewere 'dissenting' points of view - in fact it's a bit scary seeing how unquestioning some are.

Kaiser Sousa's picture

"The Rothschilds and their friends sent in their financial termites to destroy America because it was becoming "prosperous beyond precedent."

The first documentable evidence of Rothschild involvement in the financial affairs of the United States came in the late 1820s and early 1830s when the family, through their agent Nicholas Biddle, fought to defeat Andrew Jackson's move to curtail the international bankers. The Rothschilds lost the first round when in 1832, President Jackson vetoed the move to renew the charter of the 'Bank of the United States' (a central bank controlled by the international bankers). In 1836 the bank went out of business.

"Shortly thereafter Abraham Lincoln became President, being inaugurated on March 4, 1861. Lincoln immediately ordered a blockade on Southern ports, to cut off supplies that were pouring in from Europe. The 'official' date for the start of the Civil War is given as April 12, 1861, when Fort Sumter in South Carolina was bombarded by the Confederates, but it obviously began at a much earlier date.

In December, 1861, large numbers of European Troops (British, French and Spanish) poured into Mexico in defiance of the Monroe Doctrine. This, together with widespread European aid to the Confederacy strongly indicated that the Crown was preparing to enter the war. The outlook for the North, and the future of the Union, was bleak indeed.

In this hour of extreme crisis, Lincoln appealed to the Crown's perennial enemy, Russia, for assistance. When the envelope containing Lincoln's urgent appeal was given to Czar Alexander II, he weighed it unopened in his hand and stated: "Before we open this paper or know its contents, we grant any request it may contain."

Unannounced, a Russian fleet under Admiral Liviski, steamed into New York harbor on September 24, 1863, and anchored there, The Russian Pacific fleet, under Admiral Popov, arrived in San Francisco on October 12. Of this Russian act, Gideon Wells said: "They arrived at the high tide of the Confederacy and the low tide of the North, causing England and France to hesitate long enough to turn the tide for the North"(Empire of "The City," p. 90).

History reveals that the Rothschilds were heavily involved in financing both sides in the Civil War. Lincoln put a damper on their activities when, in 1862 and 1863, he refused to pay the exorbitant rates of interest demanded by the Rothschilds and issued constitutionally-authorized, interest free United States notes. For this and other acts of patriotism Lincoln was shot down in cold-blood by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865, just five days after Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia.

Booth's grand-daughter, Izola Forrester, states in This One Mad Act that Lincoln's assassin had been in close contact with mysterious Europeans prior to the slaying, and had made at least one trip to Europe."

they died fighting for the bankers freedom's...

happy memorial day..........

malikai's picture

To the victom of one of those drone strikes by Mr. Hussein, yes. Your name and mine may not be on their list, but I don't think the "jihadists" give a shit about names.

Now how does one consolidate this: Is O a jihadist killing for "us", or is he a "non-practicing muslim"?

BTW: I loved this line which I found quite prescient, so thanks for the waste of time trying to decipher this nonsense. I'm a little dumber now that I've read the thing:

"We’ve tried everything since 9/11 except real war. War is the answer to Jihad."

max2205's picture

Patton: make the other guy die for his country

francis_sawyer's picture

that guy was a "poor dumb bastard"

Kaiser Sousa's picture

"The next action by Woodrow Wilson at the behest of Colonel House was to convince Congress of the necessity of forming the “LEAGUE OF NATIONS” which later became the UN. A further decisive step by the Illuminati towards world power had been taken.

Des Griffin describes the First World War from the viewpoint of the Illuminati as follows:

“1. America’s policy of isolationism and neutrality, expounded so eloquently by George Washington in his farewell message and given official expression in the Monroe Doctrine, died. A precedent was established – albeit through monumental deceit – for America’s use as a military tool in the hands of the International Bankers.

“2. Czarist Russia, a thorn in the side of the money monopolists for many years, had been successfully removed from the world scene. This had been forecast forty-seven years earlier by top Illuminist Albert Pike, in his famous letter to Mazzini.

“3. World War I created astronomical national debts in the nations which participated. These debts were held by the International Bankers who, as we have seen, organized and stage-managed the show from start to finish. “Theaters of war” have always proved extremely lucrative to their managers and those who finance them!

The Treaty of Versailles of course was also based on Rothschild plans. On the American side stood the Rothschild puppet Woodrow Wilson with his advisors and Rothschild agents Colonel House and Bernard Baruch, on the English side, more exactly the side of the CROWN, was Lloyd George, member of the Committee of 300, with his advisor SIR PHILIP SASSOON, a direct descendant of Amschel Rothschild and member of the English Privy Council. France had Prime Minister Clemenceau andGEORGE MANDEL as a delegation.


Mandel, born JEROBEAM ROTHSCHILD, was often called the Disraeli of France, made this round perfect. Colonel House, at the peak of his powers, was the central figure at the Peace Conference. It happened once that Clemenceau arrived when President Wilson was with House. Wilson was required to leave the room while House and Clemenceau conferred in private.

Philip Snowden describes the treaty as follows:

“The treaty should satisfy brigands, imperialists and militarists. It is the deathblow to those who expected the end of the war to bring peace. It is not a peace treaty, but a declaration of another war. It is the betrayal of democracy and of the fallen in the war. The treaty exposes the true aims of the Allies.

Lloyd George said:

“We have written a document that guarantees war in twenty years. When you place conditions on a people (Germany) that it cannot possibly keep, you force it either to break the agreement or to war."

john39's picture

"died i service to their country"...   if only that were true this holiday might have some moral meaning.   But, banker wars hardly qualify as service to one's country.  not really knocking vets, they were used, but, isn't it about time we stop pretending and end the charade?

doggis's picture

Bankers funding both sides of war to laden workers with "DEBT" is only part of the story.

another part of the story is how bankers USE the military AS A SOURCE OF CHEAP LABOR TO BUILD "TRADE ROUTES" for banker business.

Current case in point - AFGHANISTAN! "northern trade routes - railway constructed using 'cheap military labour' -  to gain access to the vast mineral deposits of this country - to be handed over to the Chinese for extraction, using 'cheap chinese labour' - all in an effort for bankers to have something else to LEVERAGE UP......

this is the modern use of the military - or rather, the children of the working classes. they are also a source of cheap labour for bankers. 



malikai's picture

Same as it ever was.

Remember Rome? Guess who'se shoes beat those roads into existence. Guess who'se blood ran down the sides of them. And finally, guess who used those roads, in arms, coming from the other direction.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Its time for those men to come home (I guess they can bring the women back too).

What happens if they refuse orders and get on a plane back to the States any way?  I imagine if its one guy doing it you get court-martialed before you ever get on the plane, but what if its an entire platoon?

dark pools of soros's picture

then you bust them for sex crimes.. what else?

Bay of Pigs's picture

My Dad is 91 and fought in WWII, and he couldn't agree with you more. War is a racket for the Central Banks and MIC.

"War and the Fed" by Lew Rockwell.

kliguy38's picture

Morning brotha pig.....true words........its become nauseating watching the bankers propagandize what can only be referred to as a mercenary military with paultry benefits and pay to the grunts and massive payoffs to the generals to keep them quiet as they sell out their constitution........watta joke

smlbizman's picture

we need them to start drafting again, ...that would re-awaken the clueless quick...

i would guess most of us here would be first in line to defend our country, say like if another country invaded us, or droned us, or held us forever,etc.......but these cocksuckers will never get my son...that battle will be fought on my front steps with no son will not be used as a sacrificial lamb or to try and kill another poor unwitting lamb...and that would be the effects of a draft...

SMG's picture

Most rank and file members of the military have no idea what is really going on, and believe they are fighting for a noble cause, and are willing to die (and have died)  for what they believe  is the freedom of you and I.  Not only that, look at the number of homeless vets, and all the suffering (PTSD, homelessness, suicide, and the like)  they must go through, once they figure out how they were used. Today is the day to honor those rank and file people, for that honorable sacrifice.  Do not disrespect them for the Evil of their fraudulant leadership.

How can you honor them?  Get the word out to as many people as possible about how the Evil Oligarchs at the top are lying, misleading,and using everybody.  Tell anyone who will listen.  When people know, then they can be free.    Only when every single common person has total understanding of what is going on at the top and how the Oligarchs enslave us through media, debt, government and private thugs and the like,  only then can we have the freedom we only dream about right now.

kliguy38's picture

the military rank and file is becoming more aware of just how corrupt the system is and this is becoming a problem for the masters.....just look at how they view vets now as potential terrorist....awareness is a threat to the system and unfortunately it is the only peaceful choice left.

malikai's picture

Not to be overtly Nihilist about it all, but the rank-and-file military folks have been learning that lesson for ages. Everyone does.

The fact is that there is always a fresh breed of dumb meat for the grinder. And as of yet, no shortage of willing new meat. Indeed, the number of willng contestants increases every year as the actual economy continues it's relentless decline.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

The military (esp. army) has always recruited from the poorest segment of society.


ClumsyBoatman's picture

That's true perhaps from the Vietnam-era on, however in WW2 recruits were taken from all sections of society due to the compulsory draft. And in any case most men wanted to fight voluntarily.

And historically the military takes some of the brightest and most capable young people into their officer corps, typically middle/upper middle classes.


Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Thats true from at least 1400 AD on.   And yes, the Officer Corp and Military Intelligence are a completely different strata of society (and perform a completely different role within the military as well).

constantine's picture

I'm in the military and have found the average person wearing the uniform to be far more skeptical than most civilians, though I'm in a unique community that probably skewes my sample set. I just checked into a new duty station and when the CO presented his speech to a few hundred new arrivals he stated, "i no longer believe that mainstream news is information; rather, it is agenda."

My worldview has evolved greatly since joining. I couldn't find a decent job despite having two degrees and i wanted to travel and learn a language. I've learned a great deal having lived and travelled across the globe. It's frustrating how people will heap praise on me and thank me for my 'service' when in the back of my head I know that it is them that serves me.

At this point, I've decided to ride it out and save my money until the whole financial system collapses. I'm accruing a lot of money to perhaps start a business later on. If I succeed, it will be at that time that any service I may provide will begin.

akak's picture

Thank you for this post, Constantine.

By being willing and able to think for yourself, you are probably doing your country a far more valuable service than are many of your pseudo-'patriotic' comrades.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Hope your savings aren't in USD, or in a bank, Constantine!

Tortuga's picture

If you and the 22 bitchezs that up clicked you don't know enough history to understand that Hitler, Tojo, Hussien, etc.etc. would have nuked the USA back to the stone age and not given it a second thought, you and they are part of the problem.

RICO all bankster and their ho politicians.

oddjob's picture

Only criminals would use nukes against another country.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Only criminals used nukes against another country.

john39's picture

what about criminals who used (micro) nukes against their own country  (911)...

BeetleBailey's picture

then again, there's Nuke LaLoosh..........

Bay of Pigs's picture

The United States armed Saddam Hussein you stupid fuck. 

Kaiser Sousa's picture

"At a time when millions of Russians had already died on the battlefields, the ROTHSCHILD agents compounded the problems by their activities. Their endeavors – following the Illuminati’s philosophy founded upon misery and insecurity – to set the stage for a revolution following the German defeat, was successful.

The revolution started in February 1917 when the Czar was deposed and a provisional government under Prince Georgy Luvov took over. This government however did not succeed in staving off the national decline.  
Here I would like to continue the chapter “Background of the Bolshevik Revolution”, after TROTSKY and his rebels had left New York on the SS-Kristianiafjord with 20 million US$ in gold.

The boat – chartered by JACOB SCHIFF – was held up on April 3, 1917 by the Canadian authorities at Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Illuminati plan seemed doomed. But Jacob Schiff and his Illuminati friends in the U.S. government and in England exerted their influence and soon the voyage could continue. After arrival in Europe Trotsky went to Switzerland to meet with Lenin, Stalin, Kaganovich and Litvinov and to co-ordinate their strategy.


Perhaps it is interesting to note here that the heads and agents of all the nations involved in the war could meet in neutral Switzerland. At the Congress of Vienna in 1815 – after Napoleon’s defeat – Switzerland was restored. The confederation was guaranteed neutrality forever by the powers of Europe.

An accident?

Or, does not such a safe place in the center of Europe fit the plans of the parties living off the war perfectly? As Dr. Coleman proves in his books, the Black Nobility plays the main role behind the “Swiss Theater”.

Now the conspirators faced the question of how to get the rebels and equipment from Switzerland to Russia. The answer was furnished by the ROTHSCHILD agent and chief of the German secret police MAX WARBURG. He had them all packed in a sealed railway carriage and made sure this passed safely through Germany to the Russian border. When the train stopped in Germany for the first time, two German officers got on to escort it. They had been commandeered by General ERICH LUDENDORFF.

Max Warburg was the brother of Paul Warburg, the first chairman of the “Federal Reserve Bank”."


they die to keep the bankers free to pilage, impoverish, and enslave....

happy banker's wars day....

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

One could go even further back, to when the Bolsheviks rose to dominance over the Mensheviks, because a certain Bund withdrew from the Second Congress...

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

" Lenin argued for a small party of professional revolutionaries with a large fringe"

The more centralized, the easier it is to control (externally).

Bearwagon's picture

Today I'll drink a beer or three in honest commemoration of these soldiers, who paid such a high price to bring back law and freedom to my country (that would be germany). Here's to those that didn't come home ...

blabam's picture

No drink for the other poor saps?