The tears fell. It always happens. Every year, Alice and I watch the National Memorial Day Concert on PBS. What moves us is when actors tell the stories of the heroes through the memories and messages of their loved ones. The accounts of bravery, courage, indefatigable love of country, protecting our freedom and all that the United States of America stands for... just opens a floodgate of appreciation and pride.
That's it from me. Now read on for profound quotes from great minds:
"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." – Elmer Davis "No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation." – General Douglas MacArthur "Heroism doesn't always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history." – Mary Roach "It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle." – Norman Schwarzkopf "Patriotism is not short, frenzied outburts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." – Adlai Stevenson “America without her soliders would be like God without His angels.” – Claudia Pemberton “I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it’s marked by the blood of those who died defending it.” – John Thune “The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” – Jeff Miller "I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism." – Bob Riley "There is nothing nobler than risking your life for your country." – Nick Lampson "Over all our happy country over all our Nation spread, is a band of noble heroes–is our Army of the Dead." – Will Carleton "What I can do for my country, I am willing to do." – Christopher Gadsden "A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." – Joseph Campbell "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived." – George S. Patton "In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." – Martin Luther King, Jr. "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." – Nathan Hale "I love America more than any other country in the world, and exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually." – James A. Baldwin "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." – Mark Twain "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." – John F. Kennedy "You will never do anything in this world without courage.” – Aristotle “Never was so much owed by so many few.” – Winston Churchill "Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion. – Calvin Coolidge "A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom." – Bob Dylan "Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility." – Eleanor Roosevelt "Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them." – Franklin D. Roosevelt "Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering." – Theodore Roosevelt "Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory there would be no civilization, no future." – Elie Wiesel
The theme of this year's Memorial Day Concert was "to remember." Let's never forget.