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9 Quotes That Capture the Meaning of Memorial Day

Honoring those who have served their country over the years

By Next Avenue

It's easy to overlook what this holiday is truly about

Memorial Day has come to represent the kick-off of summer, a season of barbecue, beaches and vacations. But the original intent behind the holiday, officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, was to set aside time to pause and remember the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our nation. To honor their legacy, we've chosen nine quotes that capture the ideals of patriotism and valor.

"You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor."

– Aristotle

"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."

– Robin Hayes

"A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers and woods, it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle."

– George William Curtis

"True patriotism isn't cheap. It's about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going."

– Robert Reich

"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism."

– George Washington

"If we love our country,
we should also love our countrymen."


– Ronald Reagan

"True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else."

– Clarence Darrow

"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."

– George McGovern

"The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be."

– Socrates

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