As you're enjoying your three-day weekend filled with family-oriented activities—perhaps a backyard barbecue or even a road trip with the kids—read these Memorial Day quotes to remind yourself what this holiday is all about: Honoring those who lost their lives serving our great country. If you're really feeling patriotic, queue up a few Memorial Day songs to listen to all weekend long.
"Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory there would be no civilization, no future."
“America without her soldiers would be like God without His angels.”
"So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good."
"And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier's tomb, and beauty weeps the brave."
"Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime."
"Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay."
"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die."
"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."
“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them."
"Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion."
"Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering."
"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."
"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."
"Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them."
"Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours."
“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”
"For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue."
“Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.”
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived.”
“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.”
"Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it."
“Veterans are a symbol of what makes our nation great, and we must never forget all they have done to ensure our freedom.”
“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”
"May we never forget freedom isn't free."
"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."
"The brave die never, though they sleep in dust, their courage nerves a thousand living men."
"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."
"The patriot's blood is the seed of freedom's tree."
“To those in uniform serving today and to those who have served in the past, we honor you today and every day.”