We who are left how shall we look again
Happily on the sun or feel the rain
Without remembering how they who went
Ungrudgingly and spent
Their lives for us loved, too, the sun and rain?
~Wilfred Wilson Gibson
A hero is someone who has given his or her life
to something bigger than oneself.
Cover them over with beautiful flowers,
Deck them with garlands, those brothers of ours,
Lying so silent by night and by day
Sleeping the years of their manhood away.
Give them the meed they have won in the past;
Give them the honors their future forcast;
Give them the chaplets they won in the strife;
Give them the laurels they lost with their life.
The dead soldier's silence sings our national anthem.
We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.
~Francis A. Walker
I think there is one higher office than president
and I would call that patriot.
As we express our gratitude,
we must never forget that the highest appreciation
is not to utter words,
but to live by them.
~John Fitzgerald Kennedy