Memorial Day evolved from a desire to honor those who died in the civil war. It was originally referred to as Decoration Day and in 1873, New York became the first state to officially recognize the holiday with all of the Northern states joining in by 1890.
Following World War I, Decoration Day transformed into Memorial Day which honored all Americans who died while serving in any military conflict. With the Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971, Memorial Day moved to the final Monday in May where it is celebrated by all 50 states.
However, most Southern states also observed a separate Confederate Memorial Day beginning with Texas on January 19. Alabama’s holiday falls on the fourth Monday of April, Georgia on April 26 and Mississippi on the last Monday in April. North and South Carolina honor their Confederate soldiers on May 10 with Louisiana and Tennessee’s remembrance is on June 3.
In December of 2000, Congress passed “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” which asks that all American’s observe a minute of silence at exactly at 3:00 p.m. on Memorial Day. These patriotic quotes would work well added to cards, across cakes or as a toast to honor those who have died while in the service. To all of those brave military members and their families, may you have a meaningful Memorial Day
We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them. ~ Francis A. Walker
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. ~ John F. Kennedy
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The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children. ~ William Havard
The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem.~ Rev. Aaron Kilbourn
If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you had better seek another flag. ~ Author Unknown
As I approach the gates of heaven;
St. Peter I will tell;
One more soldier reporting sir;
I’ve served my time in hell. ~ Mark Anthony Gresswell
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! ~ Maya Angelou
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“A hero is one who knows how to hang on one minute longer.”~Novalis
The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it. ~ Thucydides
The story of America’s quest for freedom is inscribed on her history in the blood of her patriots. ~ Randy Vader
The hero dead cannot expire:
The dead still play their part. ~ Charles Sangster
All we have of freedom, all we use or know, this our fathers bought for us long and long ago. ~ Rudyard Kipling
And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free, and I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me and I’ll proudly stand next to him to defend her still today, ‘cuz there ain’t no doubt I love this land, god bless the USA. -Lee Greenwood