These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor - and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror.
Memorial Day this year is especially important as we are reminded almost daily of the great sacrifices that the men and women of the Armed Services make to defend our way of life.
Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.
Freedom cannot be bestowed - it must be achieved.
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 up next to him to defend her still today,
Cuz there aint no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA
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.
We shall pay any price, bear any burden, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
On Memorial Day, I don't want to only remember the combatants. There were also those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live.
On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation!
I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free.
And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier's tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.
Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours.
The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men.
I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.
They are dead; but they live in each Patriot's breast, And their names are engraven on honor's bright crest.
They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation.
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree.
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.
I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the
living; tears for the dead.
137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America's most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed - it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy.
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.
The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plain.
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.
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