Memorial Day

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 26, 2003

Staff report

Soldier, rest! Thy warfare o’er,

Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking,

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Dream of battled fields no more.

Days of danger, nights of waking.

Sir Walter Scott

Your silent tents of green

We deck with fragrant flowers;

Yours has the suffering been,

The memory shall be ours.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Do not stand at my grave and weep.

I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.

I am the Gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the mornings hush,

I am the swift uplifting rush

of quiet birds in circled flight,

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,

I am not there, I did not die.

Author unknown

The purpose of all war is peace.

Saint Augustine

No more wars, no more bloodshed. Peace unto you. Shalom, salaam, forever.

Menachem Begin, on signing the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, Washington, D.C. (March 26, 1979)

I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Memorial Day address (1884)

Here dead lie we because we did not choose

To live and shame the land from which we sprung.

Life to be sure, is nothing much to lose;

But young men think it is, and we were young.

A. E. Housman

They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Bible, Isaiah

Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.

Martin Luther

(The Civil War) created in this country what had never existed before a national consciousness. It was not the salvation of the Union; it was the rebirth of the Union.

Woodrow Wilson, Memorial Day address (1915]