Hello buddies. This is a great day. Memorial Day isn’t just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that’s a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It’s a continuation of service that honours our country and those who fell defending it.
I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.
On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation! ~Thomas William Parsons
“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.”
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 legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”
With the tears a Land hath shed
Their graves should ever be green.
~Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Memorial day Quotes
Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language? Are they dead that yet act? Are they dead that yet move upon society and inspire the people with nobler motives and more heroic patriotism? ~Henry Ward Beecher
Green sods are all their monuments; and yet it tells
A nobler history than pillared piles,
Or the eternal pyramids.
~James Gates Percival
“Four things support the world: the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the good, and the valor of the brave”
Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.
Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.
I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.
They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation.
HENRY WARD BEECHER
Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours.
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.
Is’t death to fall for Freedom’s right?
He’s dead alone who lacks her light!
For love of country they accepted death…
~James A. Garfield
They fell, but o’er their glorious grave
Floats free the banner of the cause they died to save.
~Francis Marion Crawford
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
~From a headstone in Ireland
Blow out, you bugles, over the rich Dead!
There’s none of these so lonely and poor of old,
But, dying, has made us rarer gifts than gold.
Memorial day Words
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. -Senator Barry Goldwater
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. -William Pitt
Chance has never yet satisfied the hope of a suffering people. Action, self-reliance, the vision of self and the future have been the only means by which the oppressed have seen and realized the light of their own freedom. -Marcus Garvey
In war, there is no prize for the runner-up. -General Omar Bradley
The brave die never, though they sleep in dust:
Their courage nerves a thousand living men.
~Minot J. Savage
The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example. ~Benjamin Disraeli
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.
They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast,
And their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Peace to each manly soul that sleepeth;
Rest to each faithful eye that weepeth…
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
Memorial day Wishes
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 Drake
Go ye to the graves and decorate,
Place flags for boys who have died;
Kneel down and say prayers for your loved ones,
But know they’re still by your side!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, “Memorial Day—1945”
Perform, then, this one act of remembrance before this Day passes – Remember there is an army of defense and advance that never dies and never surrenders, but is increasingly recruited from the eternal sources of the American spirit and from the generations of American youth. ~W.J. Cameron
How sleep the brave, who sink to rest,
By all their country’s wishes blest!
When Spring, with dewy fingers cold,
Returns to deck their hallow’d mould,
She there shall dress a sweeter sod
Than Fancy’s feet have ever trod.
By fairy hands their knell is rung,
There Honour comes, a pilgrim gray,
To bless the turf that wraps their clay;
And Freedom shall awhile repair,
To dwell, a weeping hermit, there.
Memorial day Greetings
The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree. ~Thomas Campbell
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
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
We who are left how shall we look again
Happily on the sun or feel the rain
Without remembering how they who went
Ungrudgingly and spent
Their lives for us loved, too, the sun and rain?
~Wilfred Wilson Gibson
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. ~Joseph Campbell
Who kept the faith and fought the fight;
The glory theirs, the duty ours.
As I approach the gates of heaven;
St. Peter I will tell;
One more soldier reporting sir;
I’ve served my time in hell. -Mark Anthony Gresswell
I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did. ~Benjamin Harrison
Cover them over with beautiful flowers,
Deck them with garlands, those brothers of ours,
Lying so silent by night and by day
Sleeping the years of their manhood away.
Give them the meed they have won in the past;
Give them the honors their future forcast;
Give them the chaplets they won in the strife;
Give them the laurels they lost with their life.
Life hangs as nothing in the scale against dear Liberty! ~Lucy Larcom
All we have of freedom, all we use or know –
This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.
~Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue, 1899
Our battle-fields, safe in the keeping
Of Nature’s kind, fostering care,
Are blooming, – our heroes are sleeping, –
And peace broods perennial there.
~John H. Jewett
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
Their silent wounds have speech
More eloquent than men;
Their tones can deeper reach
Than human voice or pen.
Their own souls rose and cried
Alarum when they heard the sudden wail
Of stricken freedom and along the gale
Saw her eternal banner quivering wide.
~John LeGay Brereton
The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem. ~Aaron Kilbourn
Our cheer goes back to them, the valiant dead!
Laurels and roses on their graves to-day,
Lilies and laurels over them we lay,
And violets o’er each unforgotten head.
But fame is theirs – and future days
On pillar’d brass shall tell their praise;
Shall tell – when cold neglect is dead –
“These for their country fought and bled.”
Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations, that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of a free and undivided Republic. ~John A. Logan
Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers;
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The story of America’s quest for freedom is inscribed on her history in the blood of her patriots. ~Randy Vader
Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Alas, how can we help but mourn
When hero bosoms yield their breath!
A century itself may bear
But once the flower of such a death.
~S. Weir Mitchell
101 Memorial day Quotes – Famous US Sayings & Images
They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation. ~Henry Ward Beecher
These martyrs of patriotism gave their lives for an idea. ~Schuyler Colfax
They saw their injured country’s woe;
The flaming town, the wasted field;
Then rushed to meet the insulting foe;
They took the spear, – but left the shield.
For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity. ~William Penn
Ah! never shall the land forget
How gushed the life-blood of her brave –
~William Cullen Bryant
“Dead upon the field of glory,”
Hero fit for song and story.
~John Randolph Thompason
Knights of the spirit; warriors in the cause
Of justice absolute ‘twixt man and man.
~Richard Watson Gilder
“That’s what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and wrong, that decency will somehow triumph in the end”
Fold him in his country’s stars.
Roll the drum and fire the volley!
What to him are all our wars,
What but death bemocking folly?
~George Henry Boker
The Flag still floats unblotted with defeat!
But ah the blood that keeps its ripples red,
The starry lives that keep its field alight.
The hero dead cannot expire:
The dead still play their part.
We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them. ~Francis A. Walker
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! ~Maya Angelou
War is too serious a matter to entrust to military men. -Georges Clemenceau
Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt. -Bergen Evans
So long as there are men there will be wars. -Albert Einstein
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. -Albert Einstein
The cost of liberty is less than the cost of repression. -Web Dubois
The purpose of all war is ultimately peace. -Saint Augustine
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 and I’ll proudly stand next to him to defend her still today, ‘cuz there ain’t no doubt I love this land, god bless the USA. -Lee Greenwood
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. -John F. Kennedy
Future years will never know the seething hell and the black infernal background, the countless minor scenes and interiors of the secession war; and it is best they should not. The real war will never get in the books. -Walt Whitman
The story of America’s quest for freedom is inscribed on her history in the blood of her patriots. -Randy Vader
The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem. -Rev. Aaron Kilbourn
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
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
I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived. -Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Soldier, rest! Thy warfare o’er,
Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking,
Dream of battled fields no more.
Days of danger, nights of waking. -Sir Walter Scott
The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children. -William Havard