Memorial Day was officially recognized after World War II, where there were 405,399 military deaths; 670,846 were injured, and 30,133 are still missing.
Today our young men and women are continuing to courageously protect our freedoms. Special thoughts and love and heartfelt gratitude to the families who have shared in the ultimate sacrifice.
Below are some memorable quotes from some of the most inspirational minds in American history.
“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.” – President Ronald Reagan
“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” – Maya Angelou
“They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation.” – Henry Ward Beecher
“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.” – President Harry S. Truman
“For the love of country, they accepted death.” – President James A. Garfield
About the Author: Jean Garboden is the Director of Education and Innovation at Compass Senior Living, located in Eugene Oregon. Jean is an Elder Advocate and Eden Alternative Educator with over 30 years’ experience in not-for-profit and for-profit health care organizations. She is honored to lead the mission and values culture development for Compass Senior Living. Jean lives in Las Vegas, Nevada where she enjoys the weather and volunteers with the Nevadans for the Common Good, advocating for caregivers and elders in southern Nevada.