- Decoration Day.
- Joan d'Arc burned at Rouen 1431.
- Alexander Pope died 1744.
- Voltaire died 1778.
- Alfred Austin born 1835.
Cover them over with beautiful flowers:
Deck them with garlands these brothers of ours;
Lying so silent, by night and by day,
Sleeping the years of their manhood away;
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Give them the laurels they lost with their life.
My Father, as I pause this day to think of the brave men and women who have given their lives for the sake of others, may I be thankful for them. May I remember that noble deeds and kind words are never lost, but that self may block the way to justice. O Father, make war to cease! and lead us to victories that are won through peace. Amen.