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Memorial Day Made Memorable With Reagan Quotes

Ronald Reagan Praises the Valor of Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day

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President Reagan –- The Man Who Wore Many Hats
40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan was a man of many colors. Starting his career as a radio broadcaster and then as an actor, Reagan moved on to serve the nation as a soldier. He finally jumped into the political arena to become one of the stalwarts of American politics. Although he started his political career quite late in life, it took him no time to reach the Holy Grail of US politics. Ronald Reagan won the elections and was appointed as the President of United States of America in 1980.

Reagan Was a Good Communicator
It is a well-known fact that Ronald Reagan was a good communicator. His speeches inspired millions all over the world. He had the knack of reaching every American soul with his stirring words. His critics dismissed his achievements, claiming that he smooth-talked his way into the White House. But he silenced his critics by serving two full terms as President. Reagan proved that he was not full of hot air; he was a President who meant business.

Military Climate During Reagan's Tenure
When Reagan became President, he had inherited a disheartened military, which had gone through the ravages of the Vietnam War. But Reagan saw this as an opportunity for America to brace herself through the Cold War. In fact, Reagan was instrumental in bringing the Cold War to an end because of his suave diplomacy and calculated military strategies. It was the dawn of a new era in American politics. Reagan, along with his Russian compatriot Mikhail Gorbachev had accelerated the peace movement by ending the Cold War.

Soviet Union's Love-Hate Relationship With Reagan
Ronald Reagan hugely appreciated American values of freedom, liberty, and unity. He espoused these principles in his speeches. Reagan spoke about his vision of a vibrant America, calling it "a shining city on a hill." He later clarified his metaphor by saying, "In my mind it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace."

Though Reagan was widely criticized for building up the arms race with the Soviet Union, many understood this as a necessary evil to mitigate the Cold War. Reagan's gamble paid off when the Soviet Union, "encouraged" by America's flexed muscles, chose to pull the nuclear arms race into reverse gear. Reagan expressed his revulsion for war by saying, "It is not "bombs and rockets" but belief and resolve -- it is humility before God that is ultimately the source of America's strength as a nation."

Reagan's Famous Words on Memorial Day
On Memorial Day, Ronald Reagan addressed America with passionate words. His words touched a chord in every heart. Reagan spoke of patriotism, heroism, and freedom in moving words. His impassioned speeches reminded Americans that they had bought their freedom with the blood of the martyrs who died defending the nation. Reagan heaped praise on the families of martyrs and veterans. On this page, you can read some Memorial Day quotes by Ronald Reagan. If you share his enthusiasm and spirit, spread the message of peace on Memorial Day. Share these quotes by Ronald Reagan with every patriotic American on Memorial Day.
  • 26 May, 1983
    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.

  • Arlington National Cemetery, May 31, 1982
    The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we -- in a less final, less heroic way -- be willing to give of ourselves.

  • May 25, 1981
    Today, the United States stands as a beacon of liberty and democratic strength before the community of nations. We are resolved to stand firm against those who would destroy the freedoms we cherish. We are determined to achieve an enduring peace -- a peace with liberty and with honor. This determination, this resolve, is the highest tribute we can pay to the many who have fallen in the service of our Nation.

  • Arlington National Cemetery, May 31, 1982
    Our goal is peace. We can gain that peace by strengthening our alliances, by speaking candidly about the dangers before us, by assuring potential adversaries of our seriousness, by actively pursuing every chance of honest and fruitful negotiation.

  • 26 May 1983
    We owe this freedom of choice and action to those men and women in uniform who have served this nation and its interests in time of need. In particular, we are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free.

  • Arlington National Cemetery, May 31, 1982
    I can't claim to know the words of all the national anthems in the world, but I don't know of any other that ends with a question and a challenge as ours does: Does that flag still wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? That is what we must all ask.

  • October 27, 1964
    You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.

  • Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, March 30, 1961
    Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We did not pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
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