Quotes for Events - Memorial Day

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Quotes for Memorial Day, which is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Slowly and sadly we laid him down, From the field of his fame fresh and gory; We carved not a line, and we raised not a stone, But we left him alone with his glory.

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.
Your silent tents of green We deck with fragrant flowers; Yours has the suffering been, The memory shall be ours.
Hushed are their battle-fields, ended their marches, Deaf are their ears to the drumbeat of morn,--Rise from the sod, ye fair columns and arches! Tell their bright deeds to the ages unborn!
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me; As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free.
No more shall the war-cry sever Or the winding rivers be red; They banish our anger for ever, When they laurel the graves of our dead! Under the sod and the dew Waiting the judgment day;--Love and tears for the Blue, Tears and love for the Gray.
A monument for the Soldiers! Built of a people's love, And blazoned and decked and panoplied With the hearts ye build it of! And see that ye build it stately, In pillar and niche and gate, And high in pose as the souls of those It would commemorate!
So, with the singing of paeans and chorals, And with the flag flashing high in the sun, Place on the graves of our heroes the laurels Which their unfaltering valor has won!
One sure certainty about our Memorial Days is that as fast as the ranks from one war thin out, the ranks from another take their place. Prominent men may run out of Decoration Day speeches, but the world never runs out of wars. People talk peace, but men give up their life's work to war.
Now we spread roses Over your tomb-- We who sent you To your doom.
The stone statues of the abstract Union Soldier grow slimmer and younger each year--.
I am so sorry about all them lying dead on the hill, the trooper from the First Minnesota and all the old women and the farmers . . . and I wish my speech had been great, just as I wish I could bring them all back to life, but it's over and now summer can begin. School can let out. Baseball gets going and the sweet corn begins to get serious.

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