Memorial Day Quotes From U.S. Presidents

Memorial Day is May 31, 2021, and it is a time of solemn remembrance and sorrow for those who gave their lives so that future U.S. generations may live in freedom. As people around the nation will visit cemeteries and place flowers, flags, and wreaths on the graves of the fallen dead, we can expect the U.S. president to make an official proclamation and utter words of comfort to those who mourn and remember those whom they’ve lost. 

Memorial Day isn’t just a time to honor those who have lost friends and loved ones in current wartime, but to honor the sacrifice of every fallen patriot who offered their lives as the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

Freedom is never free, and it has always been bought and paid for in the blood of men and women who fight to secure it for others.

Here are some of the most memorable and famous quotes from U.S. presidents that are perfect for Memorial Day.

They, and we, are the legacies of an unbroken chain of proud men and women who served their country with honor, who waged war so that we might know peace, who braved hardship so that we might know opportunity, who paid the ultimate price so that we might know freedom.  — President Barack Obama

For love of country they accepted death. — President James A. Garfield

Valley Forge has come indeed to be a symbol in American life. It is more than the name for a place, more than the scene of a military episode, more than just a critical event in history. Freedom was won here by fortitude not by the flash of the sword. — President Herbert Hoover

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

They do not need our praise. They do not need that our admiration should sustain them. There is no immortality that is safer than theirs. We come not for their sakes but for our own, in order that we may drink at the same springs of inspiration from which they themselves drank. — President Woodrow Wilson

Each of the patriots whom we remember on this day was first a beloved son or daughter, a brother or sister, or a spouse, friend, and neighbor. — President George H. W. BushIt was the transcendent fortitude and steadfastness of these men who in adversity and in suffering through the darkest hour of our history held faithful to an ideal. Here men endured that a nation might live. — President Herbert Hoover

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