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Remember when we had a Real American in the White House?

A president who loved America and commanded respect? Ronald Reagan reminds us in this stirring Memorial Day speech. (Note to Obama: this is what real soaring rhetoric sounds like. Listen up.)

On Memorial Day, Ronald Reagan spoke to Americans about patriotism, heroism, and freedom. Passionate and articulate, his speeches reminded Americans that freedom has a cost, and while the price tag is often high, we are willing to pay it because We Are Americans.

Reagan heaped praise on the families of military service members. Here are some Memorial Day quotes by Ronald Reagan. If you share his enthusiasm and spirit, 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.