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What We’re Reading Today: Special Edition On Speeches, Past And Present, About Our Nation’s Military Sacrifices For Our Freedom

Memorial Day commemoration, 2020. Source: happyeasterimage.com

Some great Memorial Day speeches, past and present, that caught our eye.

Best Speeches About Memorial Day

Ronald Reagan’s 1982 Remarks On Memorial Day — Red State

Future President Calvin Coolidge, 1923, “The Destiny Of America” — TeachingHistory.Org

Future Supreme Court Justice And Civil War Veteran Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., “In Our Youth Our Hearts Were Touched With Fire” — Discerning History

President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address — AbrahamLincolnOnline.org

President Lincoln’s Letter To Mrs. Bixby, Who Lost 5 Sons In Civil War — AbrahamLincolnOnline.org

Frederick Douglass: “The Unknown Loyal Dead” — The Atlantic

Gen. (Later President) James Garfield’s Speech On Decoration Day, The First Memorial Day, 1868 — WhatSoProudlyWeHail.org

Recent Presidents On Remembering Our War Dead

President Trump Remarks, Memorial Day 2017 — Time Magazine

President Obama Remarks, Memorial Day 2013 — Politico

Note: Here at Issues & Insights, we wish to thank all of America’s servicemen and women for their bravery, hard work and sacrifice for our nation. Our special gratitude goes to those who, as President Lincoln said in the Gettysburg Address, gave “the last full measure of devotion” to their nation’s preservation by giving their lives in battle. We can never repay them for our hard-won freedom, nor should we ever betray their precious sacrifice on our behalf.

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