Memorial Day is not just any other holiday. Flags are on half-mast if you would notice. It’s a day that we pay tribute to all those people who have served and died for the United States. Below we have collected some quotable quotes and statements from some well-known public figures for us to reminisce. We hope you readers can share your views about what you feel this Memorial Day 2010. Do you have a loved one you want to pay tribute for? Stories to share about a loved one who died serving the country? Bump us a comment or two. Afterall, Memorial Day is a day to be proud that we’re Americans and that we have so many people who were willing to serve and die for our country.
Ah! never shall the land forget
How gushed the life-blood of her brave -
~William Cullen Bryant
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.
Shall tell – when cold neglect is dead -
“These for their country fought and bled.”
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
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
Who kept the faith and fought the fight;
The glory theirs, the duty ours.