I consider it an indispensible duty to close this last solemn act of my official life by commending the interests of our dearest country to the protection of Almighty God and those who have the superintendence of them into his Holy keeping.— George Washington
Astonishing Honoring Memorial Day quotations
The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.
Military power wins battles, but spiritual power wins wars.
And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier's tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.
Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice.
137 years later, 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.
Better than honor and glory, and History's iron pen, Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.
Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day.
But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, Is their monument to-day, and for aye.
On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation!
No days such honored days as these! While yet Fair Aphrodite reigned, men seeking wide For some fair thing which should forever bide On earth, her beauteous memory to set In fitting frame that no age could forget, Her name in lovely April's name did hide, And leave it there, eternally allied To all the fairest flowers Spring did beget.
However horrible the incidents of war may be, the soldier who is called upon to offer and to give his life for his country is the noblest development of mankind.
Those who cannot bravely face danger are the slaves of their attackers.
They fell, but o'er their glorious grave Floats free the banner of the cause they died to save.
They are dead; but they live in each Patriot's breast, And their names are engraven on honor's bright crest.
We must be prepared to make the same heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war.
In our observances this Memorial Day, we honor the brave Americans who paid the highest price for their commitment to the ideals of peace, freedom, and justice. Our debt to them can be paid only by our own recommitment to preserving those same ideals.
I dedicate my love and whole heart this Memorial Day to my Dad, a soldier, who like many others, suffers in silence with pride and honor.
Memorial Day isn't just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that's a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It's a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it.
It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
We shall pay any price, bear any burden, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
They, and we, are the legacies of an unbroken chain of proud men and women who served their country with honor, who waged war so that we might know peace, who braved hardship so that we might know opportunity, who paid the ultimate price so that we might know freedom.
They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation.
Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God Bless the U.S.A.
I don't have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is.
Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.
With the tears a Land hath shed. Their graves should ever be green.
The average American is nothing if not patriotic.
Soldier, rest! Thy warfare o'er, Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking, Dream of battled fields no more. Days of danger, nights of waking.
Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours.
All gave some, Some gave all.
When we ponder that vast throng who have died honorably defending home and hearth, we contemplate those immortal words, 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.' The feelings of heartfelt gratitude for the supreme sacrifice made by so many cannot be confined to a Memorial Day, a military parade, or a decorated grave.
And my first item on each day's list is this: Wake up.
If I can check that off, I've already done something and can get on with the business of living and trying to honor the memory of those I love who are no longer here.
In the United States alone, we spend seven times as much on war as on education.
There's something wrong there. On this Memorial Day, we should certainly honor those who have died at war, but we should dedicate this day, not so much to their memory, but to the search for a way to end the idiocy of the wars that killed them.
To those of you mourn the loss of a loved one today, my heart goes out to you.
We remember that the blessings that we enjoy as Americans came at a dear cost. Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we cannot ever fully repay. But we can honor their sacrifice, and we must. We must honor it in our own lives by holding their memories close to our hearts, and heeding the example they set.
These days, when people are alone, or feel a moment of boredom, they tend to reach for a device. In a movie theater, at a stop sign, at the checkout line at a supermarket and, yes, at a memorial service, reaching for a device becomes so natural that we start to forget that there is a reason, a good reason, to sit still with our thoughts: It does honor to what we are thinking about. It does honor to ourselves.