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50 Memorial Day Instagram Captions That Honor Military and Pay Respect to Fallen Service Men and Women

From song lyrics to historical quotes to sweet sentiments, there's a caption for every moment


Remembering the true reason for Memorial Day is important to do amid the barbecues and cookouts, and highlighting those who have fallen on social media is a kind gesture to show your appreciation. The key to any post honoring the reason for the long weekend is the caption. Here, we’ve compiled 50 of  the best Memorial Day Instagram captions to accompany patriotic images, pay tribute to military members, and more. 

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30  Memorial Day Instagram captions that honor fallen soldiers

  • “I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free, and I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me.” – Lee Greenwood
  • “Oh beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife, who more than self, their country loved and mercy more than life.” – Katharine Lee Bates 
  • “Remember the heroes who fight for the right to choose. Remember the heroes. We’ve all got a lot to lose” – Sammy Hagar 
  • “On this day, take time to remember those who have fallen. But on every day after, do more; put the freedoms they died for to greater and nobler uses.” – Richelle E. Goodrich
  • Let us never forget that freedom isn’t free.
  • Land of the free, because of the brave.
  • Let us never forget that freedom isn’t free.
  • In tribute to the many, in honor of all, we offer our gratitude.
  • For bravery, courage and valor, we thank you.
  • “Who kept the faith and fought the fight; the glory theirs, the duty ours.” – Wallace Bruce
  • “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell
  • “The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.” – Carrie Jones
  • “America without her soldiers would be like God without His angels.” – Claudia Pemberton 
  • “Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.” – Emma Donoghue
  • “’O beautiful for heroes proved, In liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved, And mercy more than life!” – Katharine Lee Bates 
  • “For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.” – James A. Garfield
American Flags on tombstones in a cemetery
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  • “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” – Winston Churchill
  • “Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.” – Michel de Montaigne
  • “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” – Elmer Davis
  • “May we never forget our fallen comrades. Freedom isn’t free.” – Sergeant Major Bill Paxton 
  • To our fallen heroes – thank you for your sacrifice. 
  • “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” – Arthur Ashe 
  • Bravery. Honor. Freedom. Today we remember all who have fallen in service of our great country. 
  • Those who are called to service understand the risks, consequences, fears, and yet never question their purpose. Thank you, military members with us and departed, for your bravery. 
  • “The legacy of brave men and women who have fought and died for their country is the freedom we enjoy as Americans.” – Lucian Adams
  • “The brave may fall, but never yield.” – Unknown 
  • Today we honor and remember the brave service men and women who fought and died for our country. We salute you. 

20  Memorial Day Instagram captions and quotes about American pride

  •  Stars and stripes forever. 
  • One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
  • Let freedom ring.
  •  “The proudest human that walks the earth is a free American citizen.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • “God bless America, Land that I love. Stand beside her, And guide her, Through the night with the light from above.” – Irving Berlin 
Hands holding small American flags in the air
  •  “The emblem of the brave and true, Its folds protect no tyrant crew, The red and white and starry blue, Is freedom’s shield and hope.” – John Philip Sousa 
  • “America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.” – Paul Tsongas
  • “Duty, honor, country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.” – General Douglas MacArthur 
  • “Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.” – James Bryce 
  • “May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.” – Peter Marshall 
  • “In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.” – Barack Obama
  • “Patriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.” – Calvin Coolidge 

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