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Thirteen Memorial Day Quotes To Recite This Weekend

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This year, Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 27, 2019. Memorial Day remembers and honors those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. We generally celebrate on the last Monday of May and many people get the day off since it is a national holiday.

While Memorial Day’s history seems to be a bit controversial, it has been around for a long time. In the last few decades, Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, as the weather generally warms up around this time. If you want to feel extra patriotic, recite these Memorial Day quotes:

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How many of these Memorial Day quotes have you heard before?

A soldier at cemetery / Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

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

Elie Wiesel Quote / Do You Remember

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

Claudia Pemberton Quote / Do You Remember

“So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.” – Helen Keller

Helen Keller Quote / Do You Remember

“And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” – Joseph Rodman Drake

Memorial Day / DoD – Defense.gov

“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” – Adlai Stevenson II

Adlai Quote / Do You Remember

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.” – G.K. Chesterton

American Flag Memorial Day Holiday / Max Pixel

“Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.” – Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu Quote / Do You Remember

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

Benjamin Disraeli Quote / Do You Remember

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

JFK Quote / Do You Remember

“Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Roosevelt Quote / Do You Remember

“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

Graves / Wikipedia

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

Elmer Davis Quote / Do You Remember

“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Which quotes are your favorite? If you love quotes, check out these life lessons from Winnie The Pooh!

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