I believe when you are in any contest you should work like there is always, to the very last minute, a chance to lose it. This is battle, this is politics, this is anything. So I just see no excuse, if you believe anything enough, for not putting your whole heart into it. It is what I do.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Message on the Observance of Memorial Day

“Today, as in the past, there are problems that must be solved and challenges that must be met. We can tackle them with our full strength and creativity only because we are free to work them out in our own way. 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.”

Ronald Reagan, Message on the Observance of Memorial Day, May 26, 1983