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15 Powerful Quotes of War in Honor of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an important day in America. It’s a day to give thanks, to pay tribute and to remember those who gave their lives to protect our country. In reality, we should be thankful every single day of the year, but the third Monday of May is the official day where we all come together to honor our fallen soldiers.

In honor of Memorial Day, we’ve collected 15 quotes about Memorial Day, war, and how we should honor those who make the greatest sacrifice in the name of patriotism. Check them out here:

  • 15 Powerful Quotes for Memorial Day 1 of 15
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  • End of War 2 of 15
    Silhouette of US soldier with rifle against a sunset

    A poignant point by one of history's most important thinkers, the one and only Plato. We all yearn for the day when the living sees the end of war as well.

  • One Life 3 of 15
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    This is a quote that may not ring true for all, but for dedicated and loyal soldiers, it is sentiment that can be heartfelt and humbling.

  • What Is a Hero? 4 of 15
    Flag and soldiers.

    Joseph Campbell said it beautifully: the term "hero" is thrown around more often than it actually should be, but you will know a real hero when you see one. They are people who do something for the greater good in an unselfish act.

  • Freedom’s Tree 5 of 15
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    Poet Thomas Campbell (1777-1844) paid tribute to the soldiers who fought with his reminder that we would not have the freedoms we hold so dearly today without the blood, sweat, and tears of our country's patriots.

  • Legacy of Heroes 6 of 15
    Flag ceremony commemorating September 11 and other national holidays.

    Heroes shouldn't just be remembered; they should be used as an example to inspire us all.

  • What Is Patriotism? 7 of 15
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    There is a big difference between being a patriot and supporting the government. You may be a diehard lover of your country but you may not always agree with how the country is being run, which Twain eloquently points out.

  • Do Your Part 8 of 15
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    This very famous quote from JFK is a clear message to Americans to give back and not be selfish — the country needs us all.

  • A Day of Honor 9 of 15
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    Congressman Doc Hastings gave a great reminder that it isn't just a day off of work but that the spirit of the day is to pay tribute to those who died for our country.

  • Remember When 10 of 15
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    The American Henry Wadsworth Longfellow has a way with words and reminds us that while our soldiers may have suffered and paid the ultimate price, it is our duty to remember them.

  • Out of the Trenches 11 of 15
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    Singer Eric Burdon of The Animals spoke of those who have made a lasting tribute, not just in the physical defense of our country but also in preaching peace and kindness.

  • Defending Our Honor 12 of 15
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    Politician Robin Hayes brought up the point that we are reminded daily of what our soldiers do for our country, and thus they should be remembered and thanked every day.

  • God Bless the U.S.A 13 of 15
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    Country singer Lee Greenwood recorded the popular hit "God Bless the U.S.A." back in 1984, giving Americans a song to sing together to honor our fallen heroes.

  • Celebrate Their Lives 14 of 15
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    Patton, one of the most famous military generals in history, spoke of giving thanks and celebrating their lives rather than just mourning the soldiers lost. 

  • Never Forget 15 of 15
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    Congressman Randy Neugebauer reminds us all never to forget our heroes both on Memorial Day, but every day for that matter. 

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