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
"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
"The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude." — Jeff Miller
"As America celebrates Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who have given their lives in our nation's wars." — John M. McHugh
"I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism." — Bob Riley
"America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor." — Paul Tsongas
"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
"Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours." — Wallace Bruce
"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." — Joseph Campbell
"For love of country they accepted death." — James A. Garfield
"On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation!" — Thomas William Parsons
"We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them." — Francis A. Walker
"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