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