We pause today not just for picnics or a 3-day weekend, but to acknowledge the great debt we owe to the men and women of our military who gave their lives so that we could enjoy these blessings.
Today we are sharing quotes from some of our Commanders-in-Chief on what Memorial Day is really about.
“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.”
--President Harry S Truman
“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”
--President Franklin D Roosevelt
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
--President John F Kennedy
“Words are even more feeble on this Memorial Day, for the sight before us is that of a strong and good nation that stands in silence and remembers those who were loved and who, in return loved their countrymen enough to die for them.”
--President Ronald Regan
"The Americans who rest beneath these beautiful hills and in sacred ground across our country and around the world, they are why our nation endures. Each simple stone marker arranged in perfect military precision, signifies the cost of our blessings. It is a debt we can never fully repay. But it is a debt well never stop trying to fully repay, by remaining a nation worthy of their sacrifice.
--President Barack Obama