Sometimes, the original sentiment of a holiday can get lost.

In today's case, the true meaning of Memorial Day might get burried in, say, the the excitement of the year's first beach trip, a delectable BBQ or an enticing super sale. There's no shame in enjoying the three-day weekend. But, to make sure to enjoy it for all it's worth, we think it's important to focus on the deeper meanings: freedom and remembrance. Do take a moment this holiday weekend to honor our country.

We've put together a few quotes to help evoke gratefulness for the freedom we are so blessed to have.

What do you do to celebrate our freedom and remember those who fought to honor it?

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  • "Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." -George Washington

  • "Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose." -The Wonder Years

  • "What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." -Helen Keller

  • "To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die." -Thomas Campbell

  • "Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight." -Rossiter W. Raymond

  • "I think it is all a matter of love; the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes." -Vladimir Nabokov

  • "One lives in the hope of becoming a memory." -Antonio Porchia

  • "The flames can not burn away the past. They only make the shadows leap higher." -Max Payne

  • "The best road to progress is freedom's road." -John F. Kennedy

  • "There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires." -Nelson Mandela

  • "Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free." -Jim Morrison

  • "Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery." -Wayne Dyer

  • "Caged birds accept each other but flight is what they long for." -Tennessee Williams

  • "Above all, we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women." -Ronald Reagan

  • "As years passed away I have formed the habit of looking back upon that former self as upon another person, the remembrance of whose emotions has been a solace in adversity and added zest to the enjoyment of prosperity." -Simon Newcomb

  • "True freedom is tolerant. It gives people the right to live and think in new ways." -John Twelve Hawks

  • "Freedom lies in being bold." -Robert Frost

  • "Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life." -Bob Marley

  • "The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage." -Carrie Jones