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13 Memorial Day Quotes That Remind You What The Holiday's About

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Memorial Day has been set as one of the most respected holidays in America. Though many use it as a way to have a three-day weekend of food and fun, the holiday offers more than just a day off from work. Memorial Day is a day to show your appreciation and remember those who risked their lives for the greater good of our country. When trying to the importance of Memorial Day, having some powerful Memorial Day quotes handy will help get you what you need.

Growing up, I often heard stories of family members and friends who lost their lives while serving our country, and I remember thinking about their selflessness. I think the most memorable story was about a family friend who lost his life while driving trucks overseas. Although his job was not on the front line, he sacrificed his life every day he drove the truck through the dangerous streets of his location. Just knowing that there are so many men and women who went above and beyond to ensure that our country was safe is enough to remind anyone that showing a bit of gratitude is the least that can be done on Memorial Day.

If you need a reminder of how important Memorial Day is or how impactful everyone who served our country has been, these 13 quotes can help.

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

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Members of the US Army place American flags at graves at Arlington National Cemetery May 26, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia in preparation for Memorial Day. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

"Memorial Day isn't just about honoring veterans, it's 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." — Pete Hegseth

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Members of the US Army place American flags at graves at Arlington National Cemetery May 26, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia in preparation for Memorial Day. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

"The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude." — Jeff Miller

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Members of the US Army march with miniature American flags to place at graves in Arlington National Cemetery on May 26, 2016 in preparation for Memorial Day in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

"As America celebrates Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who have given their lives in our nation's wars." — John M. McHugh

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CHICAGO, WI - MAY 07: Veteran Leon Cooper stands before the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field on May 07, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

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

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DETROIT, MI - MAY 24: Mike Aviles #14 of the Detroit Tigers, center, talks with a veteran during Armed Forces and Veterans Recognition night before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Comerica Park on May 24, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

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

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Frank Levingston (C) of Lake Charles, Louisiana, who is believed to be the oldest living WWII veteran at 110 years old, participates in a wreath laying marking the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, during a ceremony at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, December 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

"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

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

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: Survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor throw a wreath into the Hudson River from fan tail of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum during a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the attack on December 7, 2015 in New York City. Today marks the 74th anniversary of Japan's attack on the United State's fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - DECEMBER 4: The Colorado Springs Police Honor Guard carries in the casket of Garrett Swasey, the 44-year-old University of Colorado at Colorado Springs police officer and six-year veteran of the department, during the funeral service at New Life Church on December 4, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Swasey was killed Nov. 27 after responding to a shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood which left two others dead and 12 injured. ( Photo by Stacie Scott-Pool/Getty Images)

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

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US Senator Lisa Murkowski (3rd R), R-Alaska, and Former US Senator and World War II veteran Bob Dole (2nd R) talk with other WWII Veterans after laying a wreath at the World War II Memorial on Veteran's Day in Washington, DC, November 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

"On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation!" — Thomas William Parsons

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A member of the US Army looks on after placing American flags at graves at Arlington National Cemetery May 26, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia in preparation for Memorial Day. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

"We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them." — Francis A. Walker

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CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and New Zealand High Commissioner Chris Seed lay wreaths on the Stone of Remembrance during the National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial on April 25, 2016 in Canberra, Australia. Australians commemorating 101 years since the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) landed on the shores of Gallipoli on April 25, 1915, during World War 1. Anzac day is a national holiday in Australia, marked by a dawn service held during the time of the original Gallipoli landing and commemorated with ceremonies and parades throughout the day. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

"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

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: Detail of the hat of Aaron Chabin, age 92, a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor as he attends a ceremony marking the anniversary of the attack on the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on December 7, 2015 in New York City. Today marks the 74th anniversary of Japan's attack on the United State's fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)