Reflections on Memorial Day 2017

Presidents remind us why the holiday is important

"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

"Each of the patriots whom we remember on this day was first a beloved son or daughter, a brother or sister, or a spouse, friend, and neighbor." — George H. W. Bush

"In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved." — Franklin D. Roosevelt

"I don't have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world." — Ronald Reagan

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” — Thomas Jefferson

"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." — George Washington

"Looking across this field, we see the scale of heroism and sacrifice. All who are buried here understood their duty. All stood to protect America. And all carried with them memories of a family that they hoped to keep safe by their sacrifice." — George W. Bush

"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 S. Truman

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