President Ronald Reagan was the greatest modern day president. He restored optimism and pride in America, so it is only fitting that his words be used to celebrate Memorial Day.

Here is an edit of President Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Address cut with powerful images of America and our troops. Although it was not a speech specifically for Memorial Day, President Reagan delivered the touches of solemn remembrance, heroic inspiration, and patriotism that make it perfect to honor the day.