Today is Memorial Day and many of us are celebrating because we have the day off work and summer is finally here! While spending time with friends is great and shopping those Memorial Day sales can help you save some cash, let's also take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of the day: to honor the servicemen and women who lost their lives while serving our country -- often to make our own lives better and the United States an even an greater place to live.
Here are some quotes that honor our fallen heroes.
"The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree." -- Thomas Campbell, preacher during the Restoration Movement
"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!" -- Maya Angelou, poet
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty." -- President John F. Kennedy
"All we have of freedom, all we use or know - This our fathers bought for us long and long ago. -- English poet and writer Rudyard Kipling in The Old Issue
"The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men." -- Minot J. Savage, preacher and speaker
"We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them." -- Francis A. Walker
"The dead soldier's silence sings our national anthem." -- Aaron Kilbourn, Reverend
"I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did. " -- Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States
"And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free, and I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me." -- lyrics from country singer Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American"
“And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can.” -- Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poet
"The story of America's quest for freedom is inscribed on her history in the blood of her patriots." -- Randy Vader, lyricist
"The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children." -- William Harvard, author
“Soldier, rest! Thy warfare o'er." -- Sir Walter Scott, novelist, pot, playwright
What words do you have to thank the men and women who gave their lives while serving our country?
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