For the first occasion, the Memorial Day had founded to show nation’s gratitude to the military death of the American Civil War. By the 1860s, this ceremonial day was held throughout the country by decorating graves with floral tributes and reciting prayers for the fallen soldiers. On the 5th of May 1868, the day officially declared as a Decoration Day by the John Logan, who was the general of the Grand Army of the Republic.

The date of 30th of May had chosen as a day free of any particular battle, nevertheless, the South had ignored this event. But they couldn’t stay away when after the First World War the Americans appreciated the memory of soldiers who died in both wars. So, in 1971 president Richard Nixon proclaimed Memorial Day as a federal holiday and replaced the date.

Frankly speaking, the last Monday of May hadn’t recognized by Americans at once, but nowadays it celebrated throughout the country with military parades, salutes and barbecues. The important part of the Memorial Day is the Presidents speech and the minute of silence to remember militaries who chose death instead of life for their motherland. And, of course, it is also the day when ordinary people pay tributes to the dead relatives and friends.

Quotes About Memorial Day for Veterans:

  1. “The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”- Socrates;
  2. “A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.”- George William Curtis
  3. “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”- Joseph Campbell;
  4. “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” -George Washington;
  5. “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”- Mark Twain;
  6. “A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”- President Dwight D. Eisenhower;
  7. “On Memorial Day, we come together as Americans to let these families and veterans know that they are not alone. We give thanks for those who sacrificed everything so that we could be free. And we commit ourselves to upholding the ideals for which so many patriots have fought and died.”- Barack Obama;
  8. “Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.”- Daniel Webster;
  9. “America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.” – Paul Tsongas;
  10. “These martyrs of patriotism gave their lives for an idea.”- Schuyler Colfax;
  11. “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” – George Washington;
  12. “The average American is nothing if not patriotic.”- Herbert Croly;
  13. “Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt.”- Bergen Evans;
  14. “Heroism is latent in every human soul. However humble or unknown, they (the veterans) have renounced what are accounted pleasures and cheerfully undertaken all self-denials; privations, toils, dangers, sufferings, sicknesses, mutilations, life-long hurts and losses, death itself? For some great good, dimly seen but dearly held.”- Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain;
  15. “I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”- James A. Baldwin;
  16. “Chance has never yet satisfied the hope of a suffering people. Action, self-reliance, the vision of self and the future have been the only means by which the oppressed have seen and realized the light of their own freedom.”- Marcus Garvey;
  17. “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” – William Pitt;
  18. “There is nothing nobler than risking your life for your country.” – Nick Lampson;
  19. “Four scores and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”- Abraham Lincoln;
  20. “There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.” – Nelson Mandela;
  21. “The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.”- Jeff Miller;
  22. “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.”- John F. Kennedy;
  23. “True freedom is tolerant. It gives people the right to live and think in new ways.”- John Twelve Hawks;
  24. “That’s what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and wrong, that decency will somehow triumph in the end.”- Lise Hand;
  25. “The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”- Benjamin Disraeli;
  26. “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” – Nathan Hale;
  27. “We must be prepared to make heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war. There is no task that is more important or closer to my heart.”- Albert Einstein;
  28. “Patriotism was a living fire of unquestioned belief and purpose.”- Frank Knox;
  29. “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.”- Aristotle;
  30. “Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free. ” – Jim Morrison.


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