50 Patriotic Memorial Day Quotes That Honor Our Nation’s Veterans 

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On Monday, May 25, Americans across the country will celebrate the brave servicemen and servicewomen who died defending our country.

Whether you celebrate by hosting a backyard BBQ get-together or having a simple and intimate moment of silence with your loved ones, Memorial Day is a special time to honor America’s history and commemorate the bravery, courage, and honor of our troops.

We’ve gathered a list of the most dignified and patriotic Memorial Day quotes to offer to honor our nation’s veterans who sacrificed everything to fight for our freedom as Americans.

50 Memorial Day Quotes

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

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2. “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

3. “Heroism is not only in the man but in the occasion.”- Calvin Coolidge

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

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

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

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

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

9. “Never was so much owed by so many few.”- Winston Churchill

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

11. “Home of the free, because of the brave.” – Unknown

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

13. “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

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

15. “May we never forget freedom isn’t free.”- Unknown

16. “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”- James Allen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24. “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

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

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

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

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

29. “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

30. “America without her soldiers would be like God without His angels.”- Claudia Pemberton

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

32. “Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory there would be no civilization, no future.”- Elie Wisel

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

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

35. “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

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

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

38. “There is nothing nobler than risking your life for your country.”- Nick Lampson

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

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

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

43. “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.”- William J. Clinton

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

45. “What I can do for my country, I am willing to do.”- Christopher Gadsen

46. “A man is a patriot if his heart beats true to his country.” – Charles E. Jefferson

47. “Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.”- John Adams

48. “If you want to thank a soldier, be the kind of American worth fighting for.” – Unknown

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49. “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We did not pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”- Ronald Reagan

50. “Let their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.” – Daniel Webster

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