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Who kept the faith and fought the fight;
The glory theirs, the duty ours.

WALLACE BRUCE, "Memorial Day", Old Homestead Poems

On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation!

THOMAS WILLIAM PARSONS, "Dirge for One Who Fell in Battle", The Shadow of the Obelisk: And the Other Poems

These heroes are dead. They died for liberty -- they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars -- they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead.

ROBERT G. INGERSOLL, The Ghosts: And Other Lectures

The best and noblest and most consoling part of life is the life of the spirit, of religion, of the patriotism that would die for an idea, of the integrity that cares for right because it is right, and for liberty because in liberty the soul of man grows strong, and for order because without it liberty cannot endure. It is this part of life that Memorial Day is ordained to foster--this immaterial, invaluable, indispensable part of it.

EDWARD S. MARTIN, Youth's Companion

And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier's tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.

JOSEPH RODMAN DRAKE, "To the Defenders of New Orleans", Poems of American History

And 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, "Proud to Be an American"

O my soldiers twain! O my veterans, passing to burial!
What I have I also give you.

WALT WHITMAN, "Dirge for Two Veterans"

Rest, comrades, rest and sleep!
The thoughts of men shall be
As sentinels to keep
Your rest from danger free.


Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.

DANIEL WEBSTER, The Great Orations and Senatorial Speech of Daniel Webster

The patriot's blood's the seed of Freedom's tree.

THOMAS CAMPBELL, "Stanzas to the memory of the Spanish Patriots latest killed in resisting the Regency and the Duke of Angouleme"

Memorial Day quote

Honor the few who shared
Freedom's first fight, and dared
To face war's desperate tide at the full flood;
Who fell on hard-won ground,
And into Freedom's wound
Poured the sweet balsam of their brave hearts' blood.
They fell, but o'er their glorious grave
Floats free the banner of the cause they died to save.

FRANCIS MARION CRAWFORD, "New National Hymn", Poems of American History

Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers;
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.


Better than honor and glory, and History's iron pen, Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.

RICHARD WATSON GILDER, "Sherman", Five Books of Song



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