Memorial Day Quotes

Posted by Brian

Memorial Day it is on the last Monday of May. It is celebrated as United States Federal Day; on this day there is a holiday in United States. Earlier it was known as Decoration Day. The day is in the memory of the American soldiers who perished while they were in the military service, for their country in the American Civil War. After the First World War it was expanded for any war of American military service.

Memorial Day Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

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 BeecherBetter 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fold him in his country’s stars.
– George Henry Boker

Green sods are all their monuments; and yet it tells a nobler history than pillared piles or the eternal pyramids.
– James Gates Percival

Heroism is latent in every human soul – However humble or unknown, they (the veterans) have renounced what are accounted pleasures and cheerfully undertaken all the 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 ChamberlainHow sleep the brave, who sink to rest, By all their country’s wishes blest!
– William Collins

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 HarrisonIt 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

It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes.
– Louis Pasteur

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

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

Peace to each manly soul that sleepeth, rest to each faithful eye that weepeth.
– Thomas Moore

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

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

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

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

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

The purpose of all war is peace.
– Saint Augustine

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

They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast, And their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure whether they have it till the test comes. And those having it in one test never know for sure if they will have it when the next test comes.

– Napoleon BonaparteValor grows by daring, fear by holding back.
– Publilius Syrus

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

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


3 Comments »

  • darrco said:

    Here is a complete quotation for you dear
    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.
    ~William Collins

  • Fonder said:

    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

  • micky said:

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

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