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
Today is Memorial Day and while many — including the urchin family — see today as the unofficial start of summer it really is about something more serious. This day of remembrance was started to honor the 620,000 soldiers who died in the American Civil War and now we use it as a day to remember the over 1.3 million US men and women who have died in the service of our country. Thank you. We will remember.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. — Abraham Lincoln