Memorial Day Quotes

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In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

May Heaven be propitious, and smile on the cause of my country.

— Zebulon Pike

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

— Philip James Bailey

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

— John F. Kennedy

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

— George Washington

Who sows virtue reaps honor.

— Leonardo da Vinci

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

— Nathan Hale

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.

— William J. Clinton

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

— James Bryce

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

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

— Robert Reich

What I can do for my country, I am willing to do.

— Christopher Gadsden

The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.

— Jeff Miller

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

— John M. McHugh

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

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

— Bob Riley

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

I would rather be remembered by a song than by a victory.

— Alexander Smith

The average American is nothing if not patriotic.

— Herbert Croly

Over all our happy country – over all our Nation spread, Is a band of noble heroes – is our Army of the Dead.

— Will Carleton
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