40 Memorial Day Quotes to Share in Honor and Remembrance
Honor the sacrifice of our heroic fallen with these words of wisdom that remind us of the true meaning of patriotism.
Honoring Memorial Day
While Memorial Day tends to herald the beginning of the summer season with barbecues, beaches, and the first sunburn of the season, the “holiday” is truly a day for mourning and honoring the military members who have fought and died for our freedom. Memorial Day 2022 falls on Monday, May 30th this year, and in order to prepare, you may want to figure out how to pay tribute to those who have sacrificed themselves. There are plenty of Memorial Day activities to get participate in, Memorial Day movies to watch, and patriotic quotes to read, but the following list of Memorial Day quotes will help you honor the fallen soldiers in the way that they deserve.
“Here men endured that a nation might live.”—Herbert Hoover.
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“We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage.”—Theodore Roosevelt
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“Honor to the Soldier, and Sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field, and serves, as best he can, the same cause—honor to him, less only than to him, who braves, for the common good, the storms of heaven and the storms of battle.”—Abraham Lincoln
“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
“Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” —John F. Kennedy
“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”—Maya Angelou
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”—Mark Twain
“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 Baldwin
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”—Elmer Davis
“Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay.”—Barack Obama
“So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.”—Helen Keller
“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.”—G.K. Chesterton
“I had reasoned this out in my mind: There was one of two things I had a right to—liberty or death. If I could not have one, I would have the other.”—Harriet Tubman
“Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory there would be no civilization, no future.”—Elie Wiesel
“A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.”—Bob Dylan
“The legacy of heroes—the memory of a great name, and the inheritance of a great example.”—Benjamin Disraeli
“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.
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“We take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”—Cynthia Ozick
“Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.”—Mary Roach
“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.
If you were looking for quotes geared more towards veterans, check out these Veterans Day quotes that honor those who served.
“America without her soldiers would be like God without his angels.”—Claudia Pemberton
“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.” —Ronald Reagan
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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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“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.” —William J. Clinton
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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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Additional reporting by Molly Pennington, PhD