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Memorial Day Quotes and Sayings

Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Valor grows by daring, fear by holding back.
Publilius Syrus

For love of country they accepted death…
James A. Garfield

The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.
Thomas Campbell

Life hangs as nothing in the scale against dear Liberty!
Lucy Larcom

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

And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can.
Elizabeth Barrett

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

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
Muhammad

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

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
Lise Hand

The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem.
Aaron Kilbourn

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.
Billy Graham

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

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

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

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
Maya Angelou

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Author Unknown

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

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

The story of America’s quest for freedom is inscribed on her history in the blood of her patriots.
Randy Vader

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

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

Green sods are all their monuments; and yet it tells
A nobler history than pillared piles,
Or the eternal pyramids.
James Gates Percival

Is’t death to fall for Freedom’s right?
He’s dead alone who lacks her light!
Thomas Campbell

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

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.
Rupert Brooke

The brave die never, though they sleep in dust:
Their courage nerves a thousand living men.
Minot J. Savage

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

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…
Thomas Moore

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

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

All we have of freedom, all we use or know -
This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.
Rudyard Kipling-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

Their silent wounds have speech
More eloquent than men;
Their tones can deeper reach
Than human voice or pen.
William Woodman

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

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.
Richard Hovey

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.”
Philip Freneau

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

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

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.
Philip Freneau

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

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.
Rupert Hughes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One Comment

  1. chen sheng says:

    woooooow

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