“Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.”

May 25, 2020

By: The Free Press

“Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.” – Charles de Gaulle

No matter your plans today, it’s important to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day. Today is dedicated to honoring the fallen soldiers that have fought to protect our Constitution and our Bill of Rights. Freedom

So let’s do that. Put our politics aside, and reflect on those who served for our rights and our freedoms.

1942 by Life Magazine photographer Gabriel Benzur, shows Cadets in training for the U.S. Army Air Corps, who would later become the famous Tuskegee Airmen. The LIFE Images

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”- Mark Twain

“Taxis to Hell- and Back- Into the Jaws of Death” was taken on June 6, 1944 during Operation Overlord by Robert F. Sargent

“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.”- Jeff Miller

Korean War – A grief stricken American infantryman whose comrade has been killed in action is comforted by another soldier. In the background, a corpsman completes information on the casualty tags. /Landov

“Memorial Day is a time for Americans to reconnect with our history and core values by honoring those who gave their lives for the ideals we cherish.” – Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

American soldiers help French citizens after their town is liberated in 1918 by the 308th Infantry Regiment of the 77th Infantry Division, and the 166th Infantry Regiment of the 42nd Infantry “Rainbow” Division. (US Army photo)
Battle of Antietam: Abraham Lincoln and George B. McClellan meet at headquarters
Abraham Lincoln meeting with General George B. McClellan (facing him at left) at McClellan’s headquarters after the Battle of Antietam, October 1862; photograph by Alexander Gardner.

“A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.”- President Abraham Lincoln

African-American Union soldiers during the US Civil War. Library of Congress

 “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

A U.S. soldier of the 9th Infantry Division uses an M79 grenade launcher to guide helicopters into an operation on the northern edge of South Vietnam’s Mekong Delta in mid-July 1968. (AP Photo/Henri Huet, File)(Henri Huet / AP)

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