Patriotic quotes for Memorial Day include the James Garfield quote, "For love of country they accepted death," and "The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude" from Jeff Miller. Many patriotic quotes regarding the armed forces come from American presidents such as Bill Clinton and Dwight Eisenhower, writers such as Mark Twain, and former soldiers such as General Norman Schwarzkopf.
Quotes pertinent to Memorial Day include general calls for patriotism and sober reminders of what those who died in service of the country gave up to secure freedom for other citizens. A classic quote that bridges the gap between categories comes from Nathan Hale, who was executed by the British during the Revolutionary War. Hale famously said, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."
Quotes that revolve around service to the country as a whole rather than the specific sacrifice of veterans include the John F. Kennedy quote, "Ask not what your country can do for you-- ask what you can do for your country." A poignant quote comes from the Reverend Aaron Kilbourn, who stated that "The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem."