“The average American is nothing if not patriotic.”
“The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men.”
-Minot J. Savage
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.”
-John F. Kennedy
“I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.”
“Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours.”
“The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.”
“The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem.”
"Throughout the history of our young nation, we have seen our military go bravely into battle, armed with courage and willing to make the ultimate sacrifice."
-John M. McHugh
"Let the living give thanks to our honored dead who have paid the ultimate sacrifice that the Constitution of the United States remains our guiding light."
"Freedom does not come without a price. We may sometimes take for granted the many liberties we enjoy in America, but they have all been earned through the ultimate sacrifice paid by so many of the members of our armed forces."
"For those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, we are grateful that such men and women were among us. For those who continue to serve, we honor their commitment. For those who return to civilian life, we honor their service."
"With courage and character, American soldiers continue to put themselves on the line to defend our freedom, and so many have paid the ultimate sacrifice."
"Democrats, independents, Republicans, all of us Americans who love our country. What a wonderful time to come together and really just count our blessings. And to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for us and for this country and all those freedoms we love."