I went to my favorite quote website to see if I could find a good Memorial Day-related quote to post as my Facebook status for the day. The problem was that I found a lot that I liked. As I really only felt like I could choose one for Facebook, I decided to list many of the ones I liked here –
On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation! ~Thomas William Parsons
Green sods are all their monuments; and yet it tells
A nobler history than pillared piles,
Or the eternal pyramids.
~James Gates Percival
For love of country they accepted death… ~James A. Garfield (that may be my favorite)
They fell, but o’er their glorious grave
Floats free the banner of the cause they died to save.
~Francis Marion Crawford
The brave die never, though they sleep in dust:
Their courage nerves a thousand living men.
~Minot J. Savage
They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast,
And their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for,
Is their monument to-day, and for aye.
~Thomas Dunn English
See what I mean?? There’s a ton of them. I’m so thankful for the people who gave their lives, so that I might live freely. Twenty-four hours doesn’t seem long enough to pay them homage.