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Memorial Day Quotations

  1. "With the tears a Land hath shed.Their graves should ever be green."
    -- Thomas Bailey Aldrich

  2. "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

  3. "Decoration Day is the most beautiful of our national holidays.... The grim cannon have turned into palm branches, and the shell and shrapnel into peach blossoms."
    -- Thomas Bailey Aldrich

  4. "They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation."
    -- Henry Ward Beecher

  5. "Fold him in his country's stars."
    -- George Henry Boker

  6. "And each man stand with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can."
    -- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  7. "Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours."
    -- Wallace Bruce

  8. "A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."
    -- Joseph Campbell

  9. "Is't death to fall for Freedom's right?"
    -- Thomas Campbell

  10. "Cover them over with beautiful flowers, Deck them with garlands, those brothers of ours, Lying so silent by night and by day."
    -- Will Carleton

  11. "Those who will may raise monuments of marble to perpetuate the fame of heroes. Those who will may build memorial halls to remind those who shall gather there in after times what manhood could do and dare for right, and what high examples of virtue and valor have gone before them. But let us make our offering to the ever-living soul. Let us build our benefactions in the ever-growing heart, that they shall live and rise and spread in blessing beyond our sight, beyond the ken of man and beyond the touch of time."
    -- Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Memorial Day 1884

  12. "Heroism is latent in every human soul....However humble or unknown, they (the veterans) have renounced what are accounted pleasures and cheerfully undertaken all self-denials; privations, toils, dangers, sufferings, sicknesses, mutilations, life-long hurts and losses, death itself ? For some great good, dimly seen but dearly held."
    -- Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Memorial Day 1828–1914

  13. "These martyrs of patriotism gave their lives for an idea."
    -- Schuyler Colfax

  14. "How sleep the brave, who sink to rest, By all their country's wishes blest!"
    -- William Collins

  15. "They fell, but o'er their glorious grave Floats free the banner of the cause they died to save."
    -- Francis Marion Crawford

  16. "Ah! never shall the land forget."
    -- William Cullen Bryant

  17. True bravery is shown by performing without witness what one might be capable of doing before all the world."
    -- François de la Rochefoucauld

  18. "The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example."
    -- Benjamin Disraeli

  19. "We must be prepared to make heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war. There is no task that is more important or closer to my heart."
    -- Albert Einstein

  20. "Self-trust is the essence of heroism."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  21. "Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  22. "Spirit, that made those heroes dare."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  23. "But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, Is their monument to-day, and for aye."
    -- Thomas Dunn English

  24. "But fame is theirs - and future days On pillar'd brass shall tell their praise;"
    -- Philip Freneau

  25. "They saw their injured country's woe."
    -- Philip Freneau

  26. "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."
    -- From a headstone in Ireland

  27. "When we say "War is over if you want it," we mean that if everyone demanded peace instead of another TV set, we'd have peace."
    -- John Lennon

  28. "Your silent tents of green We deck with fragrant flowers; Yours has the suffering been, The memory shall be ours."
    -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  29. "Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace."
    -- Martin Luther

  30. " The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions."
    -- Robert Lynd

  31. "A hero is one who knows how to hang on one minute longer."
    -- Novalis

  32. "On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation!"
    -- Thomas William Parsons

  33. "It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes."
    -- Louis Pasteur

  34. "For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity."
    -- William Penn

  35. "Green sods are all their monuments."
    -- James Gates Percival

  36. "The purpose of all war is peace."
    -- Saint Augustine

  37. "The hero dead cannot expire: The dead still play their part."
    -- Charles Sangster

  38. "The brave die never, though they sleep in dust."
    -- Minot J. Savage

  39. "It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle."
    -- Norman Schwarzkopf

  40. "Valor grows by daring, fear by holding back."
    -- Publilius Syrus

  41. "Bravery never goes out of fashion."
    -- William Makepeace Thackeray

  42. "The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it."
    -- Thucydides

  43. "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, the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadow of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or storm, each in the windowless palace of rest. Earth may run red with other wars-they are at peace. In the midst of the battles, in the roar of conflicts, they found the serenity of death."
    -- Unknown

  44. "We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them."
    -- Francis A. Walker

  45. "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

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