31 Best Memorial Day Quotes to Honor Fallen Soldiers (2023)

Memorial Day Quotes

Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.

“Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.” – Bob Marley

This is the day we pay homage to all those who didn’t come home. This is not Veterans Day, it’s not a celebration, it is a day of solemn contemplation over the cost of freedom.

“This is the day we pay homage to all those who didn’t come home. This is not Veterans Day, it’s not a celebration, it is a day of solemn contemplation over the cost of freedom.” – Tamra Bolton

The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.

“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.” – Benjamin Disraeli

And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.

“And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.” – Lee Greenwood

No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.

“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.” – Gen. Douglas MacArthur

Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.

“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

In war there is no substitute for victory.

“In war there is no substitute for victory.” – Douglas MacArthur

The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly.

“The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly.” – Corra May Harris

It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it.

“It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it.” – Robert E. Lee

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.

“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.” – Judd Gregg

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

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” – Cynthia Ozick

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

“As America celebrates Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who have given their lives in our nation’s wars.” – John M. McHugh

The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree.

“The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree.” – Thomas Campbell

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

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

Who kept the faith and fought the fight; the glory theirs, the duty ours.

“Who kept the faith and fought the fight; the glory theirs, the duty ours.” – Wallace Bruce

May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country!

“May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country!” – Sen. Daniel Webster

And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.

“And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.” – Ronald Reagan

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

“Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory there would be no civilization, no future.” – Elie Wiesel

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.

“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

In the aftermath, we are because they were.

“In the aftermath, we are because they were.” – RJ Heller

True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.

“True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.” – Clarence Darrow

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

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

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

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” – Nathan Hale

America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.

“America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.” – Paul Tsongas

Only the dead have seen the end of war.

“Only the dead have seen the end of war.” – Plato

It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.

“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” – Norman Schwarzkopf

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

“I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.” – Bob Riley

This nation will remain the land of the free only as long as it is home of the brave.

“This nation will remain the land of the free only as long as it is home of the brave.” – Elmer Davis

There is nothing nobler than risking your life for your country.

“There is nothing nobler than risking your life for your country.” – Nick Lampson

I am thankful that there are those among us who have sacrificed dearly on behalf of us. And I ardently pray to God that I might be less like myself and more like them.

“I am thankful that there are those among us who have sacrificed dearly on behalf of us. And I ardently pray to God that I might be less like myself and more like them.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough

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