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50 Memorial Day Quotes Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

Published on May 27, 2019 8:00 AM EST
Memorial Day quotes honoring our fallen heroes

These Memorial Day quotes will help you remember those who gave all for America.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.

Memorial Day quotes honoring our fallen heroes

The holiday is observed on the last Monday of May and is considered the unofficial start of the summer vacation season in the United States. In 2019, this solemn day falls on May 27, 2019.

Memorial Day originated in the years following the Civil War. It was originally known as Decoration Day in reference to a tradition of decorating the graves of those who lost their lives in the Civil War and its set date was May 30. It picked up the name Memorial Day in the years following World War 1 as people began to use it as time to pay respect to all who died in all US wars.

Each year on Memorial Day, Americans take time from their busy schedules to honor the brave warriors who sacrificed their lives for our freedom and liberty. You can observe this day by visiting memorials, participating in parades, holding family gatherings and visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.

To help you honor and remember those who gave their lives in the line of duty, below is our collection of inspirational, patriotic and moving Memorial Day quotes and sayings, collected from a variety of sources over the years.

Memorial Day quotes honoring our fallen heroes

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

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

3. “Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” –Adlai E. Stevenson II

4. “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.” – Beth Pennington

5. “Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory there would be no civilization, no future.” – Elie Wiesel

Memorial Day quotes honoring our fallen heroes

6. “Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world. A veteran does not have that problem.” – Ronald Reagan

7. “Without heroes, we are all plain people, and don’t know how far we can go.” – Bernard Malamud

8. “What I can do for my country, I am willing to do.” – Christopher Gadsden

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

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

Memorial Day quotes to remember sacrifice and authentic heroism

11. “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy

12. “There’s intense national feeling in America that could be called patriotism.”-  Michael Ignatieff

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

14. “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

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

16. “No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.” – Gen. Douglas MacArthur

Memorial Day quotes to remember sacrifice and authentic heroism

17. “America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.” – Paul Tsongas

18. “America without her soldiers would be like God without His angels.” – Claudia Pemberton

19. “He loves his country best who strives to make it best.” – Robert G. Ingersoll

20. “This nation will remain the land of the free only as long as it is home of the brave.” – Elmer Davis

Memorial Day quotes to honor those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom and liberty

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

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

23. “I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.” – Bob Riley

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

25. “May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country!” – Sen. Daniel Webster

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

Memorial Day quotes to honor those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom and liberty

27. “We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage.” – Theodore Roosevelt

28. “The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree.” – Thomas Campbell

29. “Who kept the faith and fought the fight; the glory theirs, the duty ours.” – Wallace Bruce

30. “Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.” – John Dickinson

Memorial Day quotes to remember those who gave all for America

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

32. “There is nothing nobler than risking your life for your country.” – Nick Lampson

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

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

Memorial Day quotes to remember those who gave all for America

35. “Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.” – Douglas Macarthur

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

37. “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

38. “Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” – Benjamin Franklin

39. “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

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

Memorial Day quotes to honor those service members who died for our freedom

41. “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.” – Judd Gregg

42. “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.” – Beth Pennington

43. “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” –  Cynthia Ozick

44. “The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.” –Thucydides

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

Memorial Day quotes to honor those service members who died for our freedom

46. “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” – George S. Patton

47. “This will remain the land of the free so long as it is the home of the brave.” — Elmer Davis

48. “Liberty isn’t free, despite the fact that we ‘freely’ disregard that fact.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

49. “Remembering our loved ones is breathing life into their fading images, that we might once more see their faces and pass along a tearful “I miss you.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

50. “I am thankful that there are those among us who have sacrificed dearly on behalf of us. And I ardently pray to God that I might be less like myself and more like them.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

Did you enjoy these Memorial Day quotes?

Memorial Day is designated to honor those service members who died for our freedom. They gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

The willingness of America’s warriors to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude. It’s upon us to take a few moments to honor and remember them. Hopefully, the quotes above have helped you remember the reason this solemn day.

Which of these Memorial Day quotes was your favorite? Do you have any other patriotic quotes to add to the list? Tell us in the comment section below. Also, don’t forget to share with your friends and followers.

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