Memorial Day is a United States Federal Holiday when the men and women who died while serving their country are remembered. The holiday is celebrated not on a fixed date, but on the final Monday of May each year. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and originally celebrated the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War, as a sign of national unity. By the 20th century, Memorial Day was extended to celebrate all Americans who died in service to the nation. Unofficially, it marks the start of the summer vacation season, ending on Labor Day.
When is Memorial Day?
-Monday May 26 2014
-Monday May 25 2015
-Monday May 30 2016
Shades Shutters Blinds would like to honor the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country with these powerful Memorial Day quotes regarding patriotism and fallen soldiers:
My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. – John F Kennedy
On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation. – Thomas William Parsons
A hero is one who knows how to hang on one minute longer. – Novalis
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. – Billy Graham
I believe it is the nature of people to be heroes, given the chance. – James A. Autry
The hero is the man dedicated to the creation and/or defense of reality-conforming, life-promoting values. – Andrew Bernstein
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. – Joseph Campbell
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. – Elmer Davis
A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. – Christopher Reeve
Cover them over with beautiful flowers,
Deck them with garlands, those brothers of ours,
Lying so silent by night and by day
Sleeping the years of their manhood away.
Give them the meed they have won in the past;
Give them the honors their future forcast;
Give them the chaplets they won in the strife;
Give them the laurels they lost with their life.
— Will Carleton, Cover Them Over
Life hangs as nothing in the scale against dear Liberty! – Lucy Larcom
The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly. – Corra Harris
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. – Michael N. Castle
“The brave die never, though they sleep in dust:
Their courage nerves a thousand living men.” – Minot J. Savage
“These heroes are dead. They died for liberty – they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars – they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead.” – Robert G. Ingersoll