Quotes and Sayings about Memorial Day

Doc Hastings

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.

Doc Hastings

John Linder

While tributes to Americans who had lost their lives in battle had been held in a number of towns across the nation, one of the more well-known stories about the beginnings of Memorial Day is the story about General John Logan.

John Linder

Jennifer M. Granholm

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

Michael N. Castle

These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor - and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror.

Michael N. Castle

Alexander Henry

On what rests the hope of the republic? One country, one language, one flag!

Alexander Henry

James Bryce

Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.

James Bryce

Bob Riley

I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.

Bob Riley

Glenn Beck

I am going to take something I learned over in Israel. Their Independence Day is preceded the 24 hours before with Memorial Day, so it gives them a chance to serve and reflect and then celebrate. I am going to try to start that tradition here in America.

Glenn Beck

Robert Reich

True patriotism isn't cheap. It's about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going.

Robert Reich

Allen West

While there are towns and cities still planning Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some think the day is for honoring anyone who has died, not just those fallen in service to our country.

Allen West

Allen West

Nowadays, many Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At cemeteries across the country, the graves of the fallen are sadly ignored, and worse, neglected.

Allen West

Philip James Bailey

Man is a military animal, glories in gunpowder, and loves parade.

Philip James Bailey

Allen West

From 1971 onwards, the Memorial Day holiday was officially observed on the last Monday in May and became the unofficial start of the summer, with barbecues, blockbuster movie openings and mattress sales.

Allen West

Michael Ignatieff

There's intense national feeling in America that could be called patriotism.

Michael Ignatieff

Danica Patrick

On Memorial Day, I was out floating on Lake Norman and came across Denny Hamlin. We struck up a conversation, and one of the first things we were talking about was how much it helped him when he started racing the Cup car and how much it helped his Nationwide program.

Danica Patrick

Herbert Croly

The average American is nothing if not patriotic.

Herbert Croly

Eric Burdon

On Memorial Day, I don't want to only remember the combatants. There were also those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live.

Eric Burdon

Frank Knox

Patriotism was a living fire of unquestioned belief and purpose.

Frank Knox

Paddy Chayefsky

It's always the generals with the bloodiest records who are the first to shout what a hell it is. And it's always the war widows who lead the Memorial Day parades.

Paddy Chayefsky

Robert Charles Winthrop

There are no points of the compass on the chart of true patriotism.

Robert Charles Winthrop

George Washington

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

George Washington

John F. Kennedy

My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

John F. Kennedy

Mark Twain

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.

Mark Twain

Nathan Hale

I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.

Nathan Hale

John M. McHugh

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

John M. McHugh