Memorial Day. A day to remember our known and unknown heroes. A day of reverence and gratitude for those who sacrificed for our independence and to those who gave up their lives so we can live in freedom.
As I reflected on our national heroes, I admired their mental fitness to stay the course and win our independence. Here are some quotations that remember our national heroes and can also strengthen our resolve to be strong and heroic.
It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. General George S. Patton
“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.” Major General Norman Schwartzkopf
"That's what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and wrong, that decency will somehow triumph in the end.” Lise Hand
"Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened." Reverend Billy Graham
"The hero is the man dedicated to the creation and/or defense of reality-conforming, life-promoting values." Andrew Berbstein
”A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." Joseph Campbell
"The bravest are those who surely have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it." Thucydides