Memorial Day is not just about sales and a three day work weekend. Many traditions have been lost over the years that neglect to remind us of this truly important day of Remembrance. Established in 1868, Memorial Day serves as a day to remember those that died while serving our nation. The official moment of remembrance is at 3:00pm, where all Americans are intended to reflect upon the sacrifices and true purpose of this day. The following inspirational Memorial Day messages are great examples of wartime quotes and moments of reflection from veterans and observers.
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
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.
Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.
Bravery never goes out of fashion.
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
For love of country they accepted death…
Four things support the world: the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the good, and the valor of the brave.
Future years will never know the seething hell and the black infernal background, the countless minor scenes and interiors of the secession war; and it is best they should not. The real war will never get in the books.
Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.
Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.
Is’t death to fall for Freedom’s right? He’s dead alone who lacks her light.
It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes.
Nurture your minds with great thoughts, to believe in the heroic makes heroes.
On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation.
Some of the shells brought my heart into my mouth; lying there waiting for them was intolerable. I was sure I was going to be blown to pieces.
The brave die never, though they sleep in dust. Their courage nerves a thousand living men.
The flag still floats unblotted with defeat. But ah the blood that keeps its ripples red, the starry lives that keep its field alight.
The greatest glory of a free born people is to transmit that freedom to their children.
The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.
Their silent wounds have speech, more eloquent than men; their tones can deeper reach, than human voice or pen.
There was nothing macho about the war at all. We were a bunch of scared kid who had a job to do.
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.
We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers but to praise them.
Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours.
Your silent tents of green, We deck with fragrant flowers; Yours has the suffering been, The memory shall be ours.
The below infographic outlines the true meaning of Memorial Day and certain traditions that are adhered to. Decorating raves of those that died while serving war will help to pay your respects and honor their sacrifice. Flying an American Flag and pledging to help can go a long way to showing your appreciation and respect.