Memorial Day Isn’t About One Day

To begin the work week, people throughout the US celebrated one of America’s most honored holidays: Memorial Day. Memorial Day is set aside by the federal government to remember the ultimate sacrifices of those who have lost their lives while serving in the US Armed Forces.

Throughout the country, towns and cities put on parades featuring numerous organizations and groups that are able to do good in the US and the world thanks to the efforts of the nation’s soldiers. Also participating in these parades are veteran’s organizations, police departments, fire departments, and other civil service organizations.

Memorial Day is a holiday for Americans to pay tribute to the sacrifices of the country’s soldiers. However, it can be easy to enjoy all the holiday celebrations and commemorations and simply go back to life as normal. Memorial Day is a special day to recognize these sacrifices, but it’s also not meant to be the only day that Americans remember those who gave everything.

As you go about your life this week post-Memorial Day, take some time to read some quotes that summarize the holiday and its memory:

Aristotle on courage: “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.”

George William Curtis on loyalty and courage: “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 Washington with a warning about patriotism: “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”

George McGovern on the highest patriotism: “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.”

Socrates on living with honor: “The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”

We all should take some time every week to think about the sacrifices those in the armed services make every day to keep the US a safe and prosperous nation.

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