President Obama’s Memorial Day quotes and speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, honored American troops who died fighting for the U.S.
Obama’s words were very emotional which brought applause—and most likely tears—to many American families who lost loved ones in various wars over the years.
Prior to his Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery, the president continued the annual tradition by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
President Obama’s Memorial Day Quotes
President Obama’s Memorial Day quotes were inspiring and meaningful. “This weekend, folks across the country are opening up the pool, firing up the grill, and taking a well-earned moment to relax. But Memorial Day is more than a three-day weekend. In town squares and national cemeteries, in public services and moments of quiet reflection, we will honor those who loved their country enough to sacrifice their own lives for it.”
Earlier Memorial Day morning, President Obama encouraged Americans by honoring our fallen veterans at Arlington National Cemetery. “No words can ever bring back a loved one who has been lost.” Obama said in his weekend radio address. “No ceremony can do justice to their memory. No honor will ever fill their absence.”
“But on Memorial Day,” Obama added, “we come together as Americans to let these families and veterans know that they are not alone. We give thanks for those who sacrificed everything so that we could be free. And we commit ourselves to upholding the ideals for which so many patriots have fought and died.”
Obama received a round of heartfelt applause when he exclaimed, “For the first terms in nine years, Americans are not fighting or dying in Iraq. We are winding down the war in Afghanistan and our troops will continue to come home. After a decade under the dark cloud of war, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon.”
“From the jungles of Vietnam to the mountains of Afghanistan, they stepped forward and answered the call,” Obama said.
“They fought for a home they may never return to, they fought for buddies they would never forget. While their stories may be separated by hundreds of years and thousands of miles, they rest here together side-by-side, row-by-row, because each of them love this country and everything it stands for more than life itself.”
Memorial Day 2012 Quotes
Mitt Romney had this to say about the 2012 holiday, “Memorial Day is a day to give thanks to them, and to remember all of America’s soldiers who have laid down their lives to defend our country,” Romney said in a statement Memorial Day. “As we enjoy our barbecues with friends and families and loved ones, let’s keep them in our thoughts and in our prayers.”
“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” – Billy Graham
“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
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Photo Credit: ARLINGTON, VA – MAY 28: U.S. President Barack Obama positions a commemorative wreath during a ceremony on Memorial Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on May 28, 2012 in Arlington, Virginia. For Memorial Day President Obama is paying tribute to military veterans past and present who have served and sacrificed their lives for their country. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)