80 quotes in memory, honor, tribute and gratitude to our fallen Heroes as we commemorate Memorial Day

Memorial Day (Decoration day) is a day for remembering and honoring the many women and men who have given up their lives to protect America while serving in the armed forces.

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It is therefore a very important day in the United States of America set apart to pay tribute and give thanks for the immense sacrifice and gift these noble men and women have provided for the rest of America.

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Below, we collected quotes that we think have a special message for commemorating this day and paying tribute to these gallant Heroes. Thank you brave and fallen soldiers for the freedoms that we enjoy daily. We don’t take it for granted.

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“Go ye to the graves and decorate,

Place flags for boys who have died;

Kneel down and say prayers for your loved ones,

But know they’re still by your side!”

~~ Gertrude Tooley Buckingham

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

~~ John F. Kennedy

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself”

~~ Joseph Campbell

“Who sows virtue reaps honor.”

~~ Leonardo da Vinci

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”

~~ Maya Angelou

“Perform, then, this one act of remembrance before this Day passes. Remember there is an army of defense and advance that never dies and never surrenders, but is increasingly recruited from the eternal sources of the American spirit and from the generations of American youth.”

~~ W.J. Cameron

“Only the dead have seen the end of war”

~~ Plato

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

~~ Thomas Jefferson

“Cover them over with beautiful flowers,

Deck them with garlands, those brothers of ours,

Lying so silent by night and by day

Sleeping the years of their manhood away.

Give them the meed they have won in the past;

Give them the honors their future forcast;

Give them the chaplets they won in the strife;

Give them the laurels they lost with their life.”

~~Will Carleton

“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”

~~ George Washington

“Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.”

~~ Baltasar Gracian

“Better than honor and glory, and History’s iron pen,

Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.”

~~ Richard Watson Gilder

“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.”

~~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree.”

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~~ Thomas Campbell

“Patriotism was a living fire of unquestioned belief and purpose.”

~~ Frank Knox

“Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations, that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of a free and undivided Republic.”

~~ John A. Logan

“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”

~~ Norman Schwarzkopf Jr

“I don’t have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.”

~~ Ronald Reagan

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

~~ James Bryce

“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example”

~~ Benjamin Disraeli

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“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.”

~~ Billy Graham

“With the tears a Land hath shed. Their graves should ever be green.”

~~ Thomas Bailey Aldrich

“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.”

~~ Jeff Miller

“May Heaven be propitious, and smile on the cause of my country.”

~~ Zebulon Pike

“The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem.”

~~Aaron Kilbourn

“Over all our happy country over all our Nation spread, is a band of noble heroes, is our Army of the dead.”

~~ Will Carleton

“Congress should stop treating veterans like they’re asking for a hand out when it comes to the benefits they were promised, and they should realize that, were it not for these veterans, there would be nothing to hand out.”

~~ Nick Lampson

“Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice.”

~~ Barack Obama

“These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror.”

~~ Michael N. Castle

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived”

~~ George S. Patton

“Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language? Are they dead that yet act? Are they dead that yet move upon society and inspire the people with nobler motives and more heroic patriotism?”

~~ Henry Ward Beecher
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“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

~~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Green sods are all their monuments; and yet it tells

A nobler history than pillared piles,

Or the eternal pyramids.”

~~ James Gates Percival

“We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.”

~~ Francis A. Walker

“These heroes are dead.

They died for liberty. They died for us.

They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless,

under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines.

They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest.

Earth may run red with other wars — they are at peace.

In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death.

I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead.”

~~ Robert G. Ingersoll

“Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.”

~~ Elie Wiesel

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

~~ John F. Kennedy

“Real heroes are men who fall and fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they’ve stayed true to their ideals and beliefs and commitments.”

~~ Kevin Costner

“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”

~~ Benjamin Disraeli

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

~~ Nathan Hale

“As America celebrates Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who have given their lives in our nation’s wars.”

~~ John M. McHugh

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

~~ Steve Jobs

“On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation!”

~~ Thomas William Parsons

“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

“They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast,

And their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.”

~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.”

~~ Bob Riley

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

~~ Mark Twain
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“Dead upon the field of glory, Hero fit for song and story.”

~~ John Randolph Thompason

“Don’t forget who your heroes are, what they mean to you, and why they mean that to you.”

~~ Gale Harold

“For love of country, they accepted death.”

~~ James A. Garfield

“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

“The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem.”

~~ Aaron Kilbourn

“On Memorial Day, I don’t want to only remember the combatants. There were also those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live.”

~~ Eric Burdon

“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

“The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children.”

~~ William Havard

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.”

~~ G.K. Chesterton

“There are no points of the compass on the chart of true patriotism.”

~~ Robert Charles Winthrop

“Memorial Day isn’t just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that’s a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It’s a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it.”

~~ Pete Hegseth

“Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours.”

~~ Wallace Bruce

“So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.”

~~ Helen Keller
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“What I can do for my country, I am willing to do.”

~~ Christopher Gadsden

“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

“Memories, even bittersweet ones, are better than nothing.”

~~ Jennifer L. Armentrout

“True patriotism isn’t cheap. It’s about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going.”

~~ Robert Reich

“While only one day of the year is dedicated to honoring our veterans, American’s must never forget the sacrifices many of our fellow countrymen have made to defend our country and protect our freedom”

~~ Randy Neugebauer

“I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.”

~~ Bob Riley

“I’ve never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful. I don’t understand people who hide from their past. Everything you live through helps to make you the person you are now.”

~~ Sophia Loren

“The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men.”

~~ Minot J. Savage

“We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.”

~~ Francis A. Walker

“Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.”

~~ Washington Irving

“They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation.”

~~ Henry Ward Beecher

“To be heroic is to be courageous enough to die for something.”

~~ Criss Jami

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

~~ Winston Churchill
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“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 Webster

“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

“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

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”

~~ Elmer Davis

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”

~~ Christopher Reeve

“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.”

~~ Harry S. Truman

“Their silent wounds have speech

More eloquent than men;

Their tones can deeper reach

Than human voice or pen.”

~~ William Woodman

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Originally published at Ahavaha.