Memorial Day Quotes

When you go home
Tell them of us, and say
For your tomorrow
We gave our today.
- Kohima Epitaph

Memorial Day remains one of America's most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed - it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy.
- Doc Hastings 

They fell, but o'er that glorious grave
Floats free the banner of the cause they died to save.
- Francis Marion Crawford  

The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly.
- Corra Harris 

We must be prepared to make heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war. There is no task that is more important or closer to my heart.
- Albert Einstein

Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson  

And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier's tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.
- Joseph Rodman Drake

Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers;
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation!
- Thomas William Parsons  

The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree.
- Thomas Campbell 

Our battle-fields, safe in the keeping
Of Nature's kind, fostering care,
Are blooming, - our heroes are sleeping, 
And peace broods perennial there.
- Silas Wier Mitchell 

The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.
- Benjamin Disraeli 

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

But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for,
Is their monument to-day, and for aye.
- Thomas Dunn English 

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. 
- Joseph Campbell 

Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored. 
- Daniel Webster 

Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices. 
- President Harry S. Truman 

Four things support the world: the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the good, and the valor of the brave. 
- Muhammad

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 

True patriotism isn't cheap. It's about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going.
- Robert Reich 

I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.
- Bob Riley 

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.
- Billy Graham

The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude. 
- Jeff Miller

Ceremonies are important. But our gratitude has to be more than visits to the troops and once a year Memorial Day Ceremonies. We honor the dead best by treating the living well. 
- Jennifer M. Granholm