27 Memorial Day Quotes That Will Remind You What the Holiday Is Really About

"May we never forget freedom isn't free."

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With all of the Memorial Day backyard BBQs and long weekend plans, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of the festivities and forget : to remember and honor all military personnel who have died in the service of our country. Let these Memorial Day quotes serve as a reminder to keep those who gave everything to protect our country at the forefront of your mind during your celebrations. You can also share these inspiring, moving and patriotic quotes to thank our servicemen and servicewomen for their courage this Memorial Day weekend.

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Claudia Pemberton

“America without her soldiers would be like God without His angels.”

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Judd Gregg

“The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment."

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Elie Wiesel

"Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory there would be no civilization, no future."

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Joseph Rodman Drake

"And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier's tomb, and beauty weeps the brave."

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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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Douglas Macarthur

"Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.”

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G.K. Chesterton

"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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Joseph Campbell

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

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Beth Pennington

"As we set today aside to honor and thank our veterans, let us be mindful that we should do this every day of the year and not just one."

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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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John F. Kennedy

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them."

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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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"May we never forget freedom isn't free."

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Cynthia Ozick

"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude."

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Bob Dylan

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

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James A. Garfield

"We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue."

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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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Thomas Campbell

"The patriot's blood is the seed of freedom's tree."

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"If you want to thank a soldier, be the kind of American worth fighting for."

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Ronald Reagan

"Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world. A veteran does not have that problem."

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"Home of the free, because of the brave."

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"We don't know them all, but we owe them all."

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Theodore Roosevelt

"We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage."

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Calvin Coolidge

"Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion."

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Unknown

"Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it."

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Bernard Malamud

"Without heroes, we are all plain people, and don't know how far we can go."

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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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