Memorial Day Blessings

On Monday, May 31st Americans across the country will remember the brave men and women who gave their lives for our country. Whether you plan to observe the holiday with a parade, a service, or a moment of silence, we’ve gathered up the most honorable, dignified and patriotic quotes from some of our nation’s greatest figures as a way to remember those who have sacrificed themselves for our freedom. Here are the best quotes about Memorial Day:

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

– Elmer Davis

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“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”

– General Douglas MacArthur

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“Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.”

– Mary Roach

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“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.”

– Unknown

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“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

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“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outburts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.”

– Adlai Stevenson

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“Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.”

– Charles de Gaulle

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“America without her soliders would be like God without His angels.”

– Claudia Pemberton

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“I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it’s marked by the blood of those who died defending it.”

– John Thune

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

– Jeff Miller

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

– Bob Riley

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“There is nothing nobler than risking your life for your country.”

– Nick Lampson

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

– Will Carleton

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

– Christopher Gadsden

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

– Joseph Campbell

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

– George S. Patton

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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.

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

– Nathan Hale

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

– James A. Baldwin

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“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.”

– William J. Clinton

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

– Mark Twain

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

– John F. Kennedy

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“You will never do anything in this world without courage.”

– Aristotle

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“Never was so much owed by so many few.”

– Winston Churchill

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“Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.

– Calvin Coolidge

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“A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.”

– Bob Dylan

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“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

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“Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay.”

– Barack Obama

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“Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

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

– Elie Wiesel

Memorial Day Quotes to Make You Proud to Be an American

While your Memorial Day weekend might be packed with family fun and summer activities—we’re big fans of a night of backyard camping or a classic backyard barbecue—we also think it’s important to pause the festivities in remembrance of the real meaning and history of Memorial Day. In honor of that sentiment, we’ve compiled a list of Memorial Day quotes that will help express gratitude to the sacrifice so many have made in service to our country.

While we’re pausing to honor the military personnel who’ve sacrificed their lives for our freedom, it’s also a good time to note that some of our Armed Forces have been serving in some capacity while battling for the health of our nation during the Covid-19 pandemic. From military doctors and nurses, members of the Armed Forces helping with vaccine distributions, and those who don’t have the option to work from home during the global health crisis, we’re grateful for their courage and service (if you need help coming up with the words to share your thanks to essential workers, too, these patriotic quotes or thankful quotes can help). Here are 44 quotes to inspire your own words and sentiments this Memorial Day.

1Maya Angelou

“how important it is  for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes  and sheroes” —maya angelou

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

2Lee Greenwood

“and i’m proud to be an american, where at least i know i’m free and i won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me” —lee greenwood

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“And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.”

3Tamra Bolton

“this is the day we pay homage to all those who didn’t come home this is not veterans day, it’s not a celebration, it is a day of solemn contemplation over the cost of freedom” —tamra bolton

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“This is the day we pay homage to all those who didn’t come home. This is not Veterans Day, it’s not a celebration, it is a day of solemn contemplation over the cost of freedom.”

4William J. Clinton

“there is nothing wrong with america that  cannot be cured with what is right in america” —william j clinton

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“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.”

5Elie Wiesel

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

6G.K. Chesterton

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

7Sun Tzu

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“Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look upon them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.”

8Benjamin Disraeli

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

9John F. Kennedy

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“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”

10St. Ambrose

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“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”

11Sgt. Major Bill Paxton

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“May we never forget our fallen comrades. Freedom isn’t free.”

12Winston Churchill

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

13Ronald Reagan

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“…And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.”

14Judd Gregg

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“The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment.”

15Gen. Douglas MacArthur

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“Duty, honor, country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.”

16Gen. George S. Patton

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“It’s better to fight for something in life than to die for nothing.”

17Beth Pennington

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“As we set today aside to honor and thank our veterans, let us be mindful that we should do this every day of the year and not just one.”

18Cynthia Ozick

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“We take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”

19Harry S. Truman

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“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.”

20Bob Dylan

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“I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.”

21Claudia Pemberton

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“America without her soldiers would be like God without His angels.”

22Helen Keller

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

23Joseph Rodman Drake

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“And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.”

24Barack Obama

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“Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay.”

25Adlai Stevenson II

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“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.”

26Calvin Coolidge

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“Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.”

27Theodore Roosevelt

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“Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.”

28Jennifer M. Granholm

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“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.”

29Elmer Davis

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

30Franklin D. Roosevelt

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“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”

31Wallace Bruce

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

32Gen. Douglas MacArthur

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“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”

33James A. Garfield

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“For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”

34Mary Roach

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“Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.”

35George S. Patton

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

36Eleanor Roosevelt

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“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.”

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“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.”

38​Rodney Frelinghuysen​

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“Veterans are a symbol of what makes our nation great, and we must never forget all they have done to ensure our freedom.”

39Joseph Campbell

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

40Minot J. Savage

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

41Norman Schwarzkopf

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“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.”

42Thomas Campbell

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

43Unknown

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“To those in uniform serving today and to those who have served in the past, we honor you today and every day.”

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“Home of the free, because of the brave.”

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