Memorial Day Quotes to Honor the Fallen

The last Monday in May is set aside to honor those who have died while serving our country. These eight special Memorial Day quotes help to honor them as well.

This Memorial Day quote is from the popular song, “God Bless the USA” by American country singer Lee Greenwood: 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 and I’ll proudly stand next to him to defend her still today, ‘cuz there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA.

Benjamin Disraeli is attributed to the next Memorial Day quote. Disraeli was a British Prime Minister and novelist who lived from 1804 until 1881: The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.

The following quote by John F. Kennedy was from his inaugural address held on January 20, 1961 and a wonderful tribute suitable for Memorial Day: 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.

Albert Einstein, a theoretical physicist known for his theory of general relativity, is attributed to the following quote: 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.

Another quote suitable for honoring Memorial Day is by Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of France, who lived from 1769 until his death in 1821: Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure whether they have it till the test comes. And those having it in one test never know for sure if they will have it when the next test comes.

Martin Luther, a German priest and theology professor best known for leading the Protestant Reformation, is credited with the following quote: Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.

This patriotic quote is by Rudyard Kipling: All we have of freedom, all we use or know. this our fathers bought for us long and long ago.

Richard Watson Gilder, a soldier in the American Civil War, was also a poet and editor. This quote by Gilder is a wonderful way to honor the fallen on Memorial Day: Better than honor and glory, and history’s iron pen, was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow men.