Memorial Day Quotes

Top 10 Best 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

Soldier kneeling at graves "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

More Memorial Day Quotes:

"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, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored."
- Daniel WebsterSoldier in front of American flag

"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

"America without her soldiers would be like God without His angels."
- Claudia Pemberton

"My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
- John F. Kennedy

"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism."
- George Washington

"For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue."
- James A. Garfield

"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes."
- Maya Angelou

"Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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