for the Feet of Peace
rose and lily white,
she retreads the road,
blood-red road of fight;
waving corn and wheat
the long, hot lanes of war;
bastions fringed with flame,
light of Freedom's star.
for the resting brave!
every grave shall be
altar fresh and green
altar green and sweet
the true heart beneath--
each the rose of love,
each the laurel wreath.
peace, and sweetest fame
all the land to-day!
anger and no blame
the Blue and Gray.
you, heroic dead,
in dreamless calm,
bring the rose of love,
victor's stainless palm.
the book, "Campfire Sketches and Battlefield Echoes", dated 1886, by Will
In Memory of Our Fallen Heroes and to Our Honored Veterans."
New items Added for Decoration Day Tribute
OUR SOLDIER DEAD
as time shall endure, the memory of the men of our land who gave their
lives for their country's cause shall be revered. Though more particularly
dedicated to the victims of the great civil strife, Memorial day is broad
enough to embrace all who have fallen in the wars of the United States
and over every known mound where rest the remains of a wearer of the continental
uniform, of a soldier of 1812, of one who climbed the Mexican hights, who
experienced the trials of southern battlefields, who fought Indians on
the plains, Spaniards in Cuba, insurgents in the Phillippines or Boxers
in China, whether he died in action or of disease or surrendered in the
course of time to the common conqueror of humanity, there is placed on
that day the emblem of our country and a blossom-bearing plant.
It comes most
appropriately--this day of memorial decoration -- in the spring-time, when
nature's resurrection fills the sad heart with hope of that other resurrection
which shall bring an end to mortal sorrow. Fresh as the gown which
now covers mother earth and fragrant as the blossoms which perfume the
air shall ever be the memory of our gallant dead.
Source: Saturday Globe, Utica, May
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