05/28/2012 12:06 am ET

Memorial Day Quotes: Politicians Honor Armed Forces On National Holiday (PHOTOS)

On the last Monday in May, Americans celebrate Memorial Day to remember the men and women of the armed forces and give thanks for their sacrifices.

Originally known as Decoration Day, the holiday dates back to the 1860s, when it was a day of remembrance for those who died during the Civil War. By the 20th century, it had become a general day of commemoration for fallen veterans of all American wars.

As Memorial Day is celebrated across the nation this weekend, many political leaders have taken a moment to honor those who have given their lives in service to their country.

Below, a look at some of their statements: