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Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day 2007

I hope all of my family and friends in the US have a great Memorial Day weekend! Even though I'll be working here in China; and I do miss all of the cookouts, beach trips, concerts, etc... I am taking time to remember.

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

"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

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

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

"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

"The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree."
~Thomas Campbell

"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
(Note: the original name of Memorial Day was Decoration Day)

"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

"The dead soldier's silence sings our national anthem."
~Aaron Kilbourn

"The story of America's quest for freedom is inscribed on her history in the blood of her patriots."
~Randy Vader

"Ah! never shall the land forget
How gushed the life-blood of her brave - "
~William Cullen Bryant

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

"Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations, that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of a free and undivided Republic."
~John A. Logan


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