15 Memorial Day Quotes to Honor Those Who Bravely Served

On Monday, people across the United States will remember those who lost their lives serving the country in battle for Memorial Day.

While many people enjoy the three-day weekend, it's important to be mindful of the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending the U.S.

Here are 15 quotes—via Brainy Quote, Country Living and Good Housekeeping—to celebrate Memorial Day.

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Thousands of flags are placed as a tribute to the memory of veterans of the US military during the Veterans Day celebrations in Covina, California on November 09, 2019. - Veterans Day, an official United States public holiday, is observed annually on November 11th MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty

"May we never forget our fallen comrades. Freedom isn't free." - Sgt. Major Bill Paxton

"Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay." - Barack Obama

"And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice." - Ronald Reagan

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"Sharing tales of those we've lost is how we keep from really losing them." - Mitch Albom

"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." - Harry Truman

"One-hundred-thirty-seven years later, Memorial Day remains one of America's most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed—it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy." - Doc Hastings

"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!" - Maya Angelou

"The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude." - Jeff Miller

"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

"Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

"On Memorial Day, I don't want to only remember the combatants. There were also those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live." - Eric Burdon

"For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue." - James A. Garfield

"I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism." - Bob Riley