REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN HEROES ON MEMORIAL DAY…

Posted on May 24, 2009. Filed under: Holiday / Holy Day..., Inspirational... | Tags: |

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
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
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
 
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.
~Wallace Bruce
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
 
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
 
We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them. 
~Francis A. Walker
We thank you for your unwavering dedication to preserving our freedom
We thank you for your courage, your strength and your devotion
We thank you for protecting our country and the countries of others
We thank you for the ultimate sacrifices you made
We thank you from the bottom of our very grateful hearts
May God rest your brave souls…Amen…
QueenBee

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