41 Memorial Day Quotes To Honor Our Heroes

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Patriotic Memorial Day Quotes

These Memorial Day quotes are dedicated to the brave men and fallen heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep America free. 

The character of a nation, through civil war, world war and ongoing conflicts against terrorism worldwide, has been captured powerfuly in all the quotes shared here.

So why are patriotic quotes so important?

America’s long history of patriotism is upheld by people like you. People who recognize the cost of freedom on this national holiday. 

So use the best memorial day quotes possible to honor those in military service, both past and present.

When Is Memorial Day 2022?

Memorial Day is a Federal holiday in the United  States, observed on the last Monday of May.

This year, Memorial Day is Monday 30th May 2022.

Powerful Memorial Day Quotes

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

– General George S. Patton

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

– Francis A. Walker

“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

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

Thomas Campbell

“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

Patriotic Memorial Day Quotes

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

– Mark Twain

“The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly.”

Corra Harris

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

James Bryce

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

Bob Riley

“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

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

Robert Reich

The American Flag, Old Glory, standing tall standing tall and flying free over American soil for 228 years is  the symbol of our beloved country. It is recognized from near and afar, and many lives have been lost defending it.

– Jeff Miller

Memorial Day Quotes Of Honor

“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

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– Nathan Hale

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

– Thomas William Parsons

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

Benjamin Disraeli

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

– Nick Lampson

“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

“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 Webster

Memorial Day Quotes From U.S Presidents

“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

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

– Ronald Raegan

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.”

– John F. Kennedy

“A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.”

President Barack Obama

“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

Memorial Day Quotes

“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

“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 Kennedy

Memorial Day Verses

“When you go home

Tell them of us, and say

For your tomorrow

We gave our today.”

– Kohima Epitaph

“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

“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 fell, but o’er that glorious grave, floats free the banner of the cause they died to save.”

– Francis Marion Crawford

“Your silent tents of green

We deck with fragrant flowers;

Yours has the suffering been,

The memory shall be ours.”

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“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