“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.”
~~ Billy Graham
“With the tears a Land hath shed. Their graves should ever be green.”
~~ Thomas Bailey Aldrich
“The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.”
~~ Jeff Miller
“May Heaven be propitious, and smile on the cause of my country.”
~~ Zebulon Pike
“The dead soldier's silence sings our national anthem.”
“Over all our happy country over all our Nation spread, is a band of noble heroes, is our Army of the dead.”
~~ Will Carleton
"Congress should stop treating veterans like they're asking for a hand out when it comes to the benefits they were promised, and they should realize that, were it not for these veterans, there would be nothing to hand out."
~~ Nick Lampson
"Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice."
~~ Barack Obama
“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
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived”
~~ George S. Patton
“Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language? Are they dead that yet act? Are they dead that yet move upon society and inspire the people with nobler motives and more heroic patriotism?”
~~ Henry Ward Beecher
“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
~~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Green sods are all their monuments; and yet it tells
A nobler history than pillared piles,
Or the eternal pyramids.”
~~ James Gates Percival
“We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.”
~~ Francis A. Walker
“These heroes are dead.
They died for liberty. They died for us.
They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless,
under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines.
They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest.
Earth may run red with other wars - they are at peace.
In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death.
I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead.”
~~ Robert G. Ingersoll
"Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future."
~~ Elie Wiesel
“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”
~~ John F. Kennedy
"Real heroes are men who fall and fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they've stayed true to their ideals and beliefs and commitments."
~~ Kevin Costner
“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”
~~ Benjamin Disraeli
“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
~~ Nathan Hale
“As America celebrates Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who have given their lives in our nation's wars.”
~~ John M. McHugh
"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."
~~ Steve Jobs
“On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation!”
~~ Thomas William Parsons
“Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.”
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“They are dead; but they live in each Patriot's breast,
And their names are engraven on honor's bright crest.”
~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.”
~~ Bob Riley
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”
~~ Mark Twain
"Dead upon the field of glory, Hero fit for song and story.”
~~ John Randolph Thompason
"Don't forget who your heroes are, what they mean to you, and why they mean that to you."
~~ Gale Harold
"For love of country, they accepted death.”
~~ James A. Garfield
"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
“The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem.”
~~ Aaron Kilbourn
“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
“A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.”
~~ George William Curtis
“The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children.”
~~ William Havard
"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die."
~~ G.K. Chesterton
“There are no points of the compass on the chart of true patriotism.”
~~ Robert Charles Winthrop
“Memorial Day isn't just about honoring veterans, its 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
“Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours.”
~~ Wallace Bruce
"So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good."
~~ Helen Keller