47 memorial day quotes to honor our nation heroes

47 Memorial Day Quotes to Honor Our Nation’s Heroes

Memorial Day is all about taking the time to honor America’s fallen heroes. Unlike Veterans Day, which is a time to honor all those who have served in the military, in a time of war or peace, Memorial Day is strictly for acknowledging the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice while defending their country.

And while it’s hard to put appreciation of this magnitude into words, there are some moving Memorial Day quotes that are about remembrance, patriotism and gratefulness that can help.

These messages and phrases come from former military service members, politicians, authors, philosophers, songwriters, and Memorial Day-focused films. So, when you’re thinking of what to put on social media as a sign of respect on May 29, look to these appropriate words.

And don’t forget to take part in a Memorial Day activity where you and the family pay your respects, or learn more about American history.

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Calvin Coolidge
No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.

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Billy Graham
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.

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Emily Potter
Heroes never die. They live on forever in the hearts and minds of those who would follow in their footsteps.

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Robert G. Ingersoll
He loves his country best who strives to make it best.

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Thucydides
The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage.

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Nick Lampson
There is nothing nobler than risking your life for your country.

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Bob Riley
I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.

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Claudia Pemberton
America without her soldiers would be like God without His angels.

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

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

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

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Minot J. Savage
The brave die never, though they sleep in dust, their courage nerves a thousand living men.

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Unknown
Home of the free because of the brave.

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

Memorial Day Quotes We Owe Them AllBETSY FARRELL
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Unknown
We don’t know them all, but we owe them all.

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Unknown
May we never forget freedom isn’t free.

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Paul Tsongas
America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.

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Wallace Bruce
Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours.

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

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

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

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

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Calvin Coolidge
Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.

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

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

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

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Bob Dylan
A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.

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John F. Kennedy
Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

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Daniel Webster
Their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.

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Aristotle
You will never do anything in this world without courage.

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Yours has the suffering been, the memory shall be ours.

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Herbert Hoover
Here men endured that a nation might live.

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Mitch Albom
Sharing tales of those we’ve lost is how we keep from really losing them.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt
Freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.

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James A. Garfield
For love of country they accepted death.

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Mark Twain
Patriotism is supporting your country all the time.

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Norman Schwarzkopf
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.

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John Thune
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.

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Winston Churchill
Never was so much owed by so many few.

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Christopher Gadsden
What I can do for my country, I am willing to do.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

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

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General Douglas MacArthur
No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.

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

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

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

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

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