In Remembrance. . .

Sweet friends,
enjoy the music while you read the words.

The bugle echos shrill and sweet,
But not of war it sings today.
The road is rhythmic with the feet
Of men-at-arms who come to pray.
The roses blossom white and red
On tombs where weary soldiers lie;
Flags wave above the honored dead
And martial music cleaves the sky.
Above their weary-strewn graves we kneel,
They kept the faith and fought the fight.
Through flying lead and crimson steel
They plunged for Freedom and the Right.
May we, their grateful children, learn
Their strength, who lie beneath this sod,
Who went through fire and death to earn
At last the accolade of God.
In shining rank on rank arrayed,
They march, the legions of the Lord;
He is their Captain unafraid,
The Prince of Peace...Who brought a sword.
- Joyce Kilmer -

The price of freedom 
is eternal vigilance.
- President Thomas Jefferson -

For love of country, 
they accepted death.
- President James A. Garfield -

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 -

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

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

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

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness,
And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
- Katharine Lee Bates -

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

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

Have a beautiful Lord's Day, my friends,
as well as a blessed Memorial Day.

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