10 Memorial Day quotes to truly honor the day

No, really, read these

Photo credit: Aaron Burden

We need a day off, America.

It’s a long haul from Presidents Day to Memorial Day. Anyone still remember February? So, let’s enjoy our well-deserved Monday holiday, but also hang on to the fact that this day happens for a reason. We’re paying tribute to authentic heroes in the truest sense of the word.

Drop a few of these 10 prolific Memorial Day quotes over the upcoming hot dogs and craft beers and see what happens. 

We all might learn something.

 

Military chopper on Memorial Day
U.S. Apache Longbow helicopter on a training sortie/Photo: Don Jackson

Heroes

“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

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

“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

“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.”
James A. Garfield

“America without her soldiers would be like God without his angels.”
Claudia Pemberton 

 

Jefferson Memorial on Memorial Day
Jefferson Memorial/Photo: Ashton Bingham

Spirit

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived.”
Gen. George S. Patton

“I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it’s marked by the blood of those who died defending it.”
John Thune

 

Little girl with flag/Photo: Frank McKenna

Patriotism

“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

“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”
Mark Twain