20 Quotes for Memorial Day

Are you trying to find the right words for Memorial Day? The federal holiday, Memorial Day honors United States military men and women who died serving their country.

Check out the following quotes for inspiration for Memorial Day 2021.

  1. “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.” -Tamara Bolton
  2. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy
  3. “No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.” – General Douglas MacArthur
  4. “…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
  5. “Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” – Unknown
  6. “America without her soldiers would be like God without His angels.”– Claudia Pemberton
  7. “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” – Harry S. Truman
  8. “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
  9. “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\
  10. “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  11. “Never was so much owed by so many few.” – Winston Churchill
  12. “Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  13. “Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay.” – Barack Obama
  14. “On this day, take time to remember those who have fallen. But on every day after, do more; put the freedoms they died for to greater and nobler uses.” –Richelle E. Goodrich
  15. “We don’t know them all, but we owe them all.” –Unknown
  16. “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
  17. “We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage.”—Theodore Roosevelt
  18. “The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree.”—Thomas Campbell
  19. “Memorial Day isn’t just about honoring veterans, it’s 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

Celebrating Veteran’s Day

Did you know today, November 11th is Veteran’s Day? A federal holiday is more than just getting a day off from work. Veteran’s Day focuses on honoring all who have served in the United States military. Formerly known as Armistice Day, in 1938, the holiday initially was set to honor the end of World War I, which was on November 11, 1918. Moving from Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day in 1954, the holiday included U.S. Veterans from all wars.

How to Celebrate Veteran’s Day

Do you want to participate in celebrating Veteran’s Day? The day is about more than a day off from work. The holiday is about honoring those who have been in the military. The individuals who have stood for freedom during times of conflict and peace.

If you need help trying to find a way to celebrate Veteran’s Day, consider the following ideas:

  • Go Out to Dinner: Ask a Veteran out to eat. Take them to breakfast or dinner. Allow them to pick the spot. Older veterans may enjoy time out of the house.
  • Learn Their Story: Ask Veterans to share stories about the time served in the military. (For instance, a veteran shared the story of the flying tree stump. During his time in Vietnam, they were trying to remove a tree stump from the military base. They decided to use explosives on the stump. The stump blew in the air, landed on the mess hall roof which was tin, and created a loud noise all the way to the ground.)
  • Homemade Treat: Bake a pie, cake, cookies or other delicious treats for your favorite veteran
  • Write a Thank You Note: Write a note of thanks to a veteran. Getting your children involved is a great way to learn about the day.
  • Learn History: Read about the different wars that U.S. Veterans fought. Watch a documentary on the subject.
  • Research Your History: Did you have a family member serve in a war? What one? Learn about the time served. Where was your ancestor sent? The research may provide insight into your family’s personal history.
  • Take Time: Visit your local VA hospital
  • Display Your Military Pride: Fly the U.S. Flag proudly
  • Events: Attend a Veteran’s Day parade or other community activities
  • Give Your Time: Volunteer at a nursing home to spend time with veterans
  • Monetary Donations: Donate money to a cause that focuses on helping Veterans
  • Holiday Help: Adopt a military family for the holidays
  • Care Package Donation: Many organizations accept items to send to military members serving overseas. Donate items or send a package to help celebrate Veteran’s Day.
  • Long Term Commitment: Participate in organizations that write and sponsor military personnel
  • Simple Thank You: An easy way to show your thanks, share your gratitude on your social media pages. Your heartfelt post has the potential to reach more than one veteran.

Regardless of how you celebrate, take the time to honor U.S. Veterans on Veteran’s Day.

 

Memorial Day Weekend Ideas

The last Monday in May honors men and women who have died during their service in the United States military. In 1971, Memorial Day became an official federal holiday. Observing the holiday is different for everyone. Many families attend community events, host BBQs, go on a road trip or simply stay home for the extended weekend.

If you need ideas for the weekend, consider the following:

  • Go to a Memorial Day Parade: Many communities hold a wide variety of Memorial Day events. A parade is generally a fixture of the scheduled activities.
  • Moment of Silence or Prayer: Another activity generally involves the United States flag raising ceremony. Depending on the sponsorship of the event, the activity may hold a moment of silence for the fallen or a prayer.
  • Attend a Community Concert: Many communities will sponsor free outdoor concerts with a patriotic theme. Gather your family or ask your friends, pack a picnic lunch, and enjoy the music.
  • Attend a Fireworks Show: Another popular community event is a fireworks show. Enjoy the fireworks display with your friends and family members.
  • Go to a National or State Park: With over 50 National Parks and ten thousand state parks, getting outdoors to view the beautiful scenery is a must. Check your state to find the one closest to your location and go.
  • Volunteer: Volunteering is always a self-rewarding activity. For example, many organizations place flags on the headstones of military members. The process is simple to carry out. The activity provides you with a chance to remember the meaning of Memorial Day.
  • Learn Your Family’s Military History: Search your family’s history. Finding information about family members who served is a rewarding experience.
  • Host a BBQ: Gather your family or friends for a BBQ at your home, park, lake or other areas of interest. When serving, take a moment to toast those who have fallen in service.
  • Be Thankful: Whether you chose to travel, attend events, or stay home, be thankful for your choice.

Celebrating Memorial Day is a great way to enjoy the company of your family or friends. The Memorial Day weekend unofficially kicks off summer. Celebrate, remember, and appreciate the weekend.