Quotes for Remembrance Day

Quotes for Remembrance Day: Poppy Flowers Remind Us That War Destroys Life

In 1915, Punch magazine published a John McCrae poem titled, "In Flanders Fields." McCrae, a Canadian soldier, had served in the Second Battle of Ypres in Flanders, Belgium. He wrote "In Flanders Fields" after a friend died in battle, and was buried with a simple wooden cross as a marker. The poem described similar mass graveyards on the fields of Flanders, fields that were alive with red poppies but now filled with the corpses of dead soldiers.

The poem highlights the irony of war, where a soldier dies so that a nation of people lives.

John McCrae's poem made poppies a symbol of the Great War. The red poppies of Flanders symbolize bloodshed. As a mark of respect, people lay wreaths of poppies on the graves of those who died at war. Many people wear red poppies on their lapels as a sign of remembrance.

As a mark of respect, people observe a moment of silence at 11.00 a.m. on Remembrance Day. Most places hold a special Remembrance Day service, where hymns and national anthems are played in honor of war heroes. People place floral wreaths on the gravestones of brave martyrs who died during the First World War.

Even as the world observes Remembrance Day, honoring the brave hearts that died in battle, let us make a promise to abjure war at any cost. After all, as that well-known Remembrance Day quote by Argentine writer Jose Narosky goes, "In war, there are no unwounded soldiers." As we wear Remembrance Day poppies on our lapel, let us unite against war and bring the world closer with peace and harmony.

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Aaron Kilbourn
The dead soldier's silence sings our national anthem.

Richard Hovey
Our cheer goes back to them, the valiant dead!
Laurels and roses on their graves to-day,
Lilies and laurels over them we lay,
And violets o'er each unforgotten head.

Joseph Drake
And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier's tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.

Benjamin Disraeli
The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.

William Havard
The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody.

Joseph Campbell
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

Douglas MacArthur
In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield.

Publilius Syrus
Valor grows by daring, fear by holding back.

Billy Graham
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.

Four things support the world: the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the good, and the valor of the brave.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can.

Carol Lynn Pearson
Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.

Michel de Montaigne
Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.

Napoleon Bonaparte
Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure whether they have it till the test comes. And those having it in one test never know for sure if they will have it when the next test comes.

William Penn
For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.

Lucy Larcom
Life hangs as nothing in the scale against dear Liberty!

George F. Kennan
Heroism ... is endurance for one moment more.

Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue
All we have of freedom, all we use or know -
This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.

Albert Einstein
We must be prepared to make heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war.

There is no task that is more important or closer to my heart.

Louis Pasteur
It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes.

John H. Jewett
Our battle-fields, safe in the keeping
Of Nature's kind, fostering care,
Are blooming, - our heroes are sleeping, -
And peace broods perennial there.

Omar Bradley
Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.

Randy Vader
The story of America’s quest for freedom is inscribed on her history in the blood of her patriots.

Benjamin Disraeli
Nurture your minds with great thoughts, to believe in the heroic makes heroes.

Henry Ward Beecher
They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation.

Schuyler Colfax
These martyrs of patriotism gave their lives for an idea.

William Makepeace Thackeray
Bravery never goes out of fashion.

G. K. Chesterton
Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.

Life is precious. Yet, every year, thousands of soldiers are sent to far-off battlegrounds to fight wars. Honor patriotism with these Remembrance Day quotes.

Rose Kennedy

"It has been said, 'time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone."

William Shakespeare

"Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear."

Alexander Henry

"On what rests the hope of the republic? One country, one language, one flag!"

H. L. Mencken

"Men are the only animals that devote themselves, day in and day out, to making one another unhappy.

It is an art like any other. Its virtuosi are called altruists."

Bill J. Clinton

"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America."

Cynthia Ozick

"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude."

Arthur Koestler

"The most persistent sound which reverberates through men's history is the beating of war drums."

Bill Vaughan

"We learn something every day, and lots of times it's that what we learned the day before was wrong."

Antonio Porchia

"One lives in the hope of becoming a memory."

Michael N. Castle

"These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor—and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror."

Philip James Bailey

"Man is a military animal, glories in gunpowder, and loves parade."

Maya Angelou

"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!"

Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Lord, bid war's trumpet cease; Fold the whole earth in peace."

Kathleen KentThe Heretic's Daughter

"There is no death in remembrance. Remember me, Sarah. Remember me, and a part of me will always be with you."

George William Curtis

"A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle."

Mark Twain

"In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."

Thomas Dunn English

"But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, Is their monument to-day, and for aye."

Jeannette Rankin

"You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake."

Czeslaw MiloszThe Issa Valley

"The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them."

Sara Zarr

"When the remembering was done, the forgetting could begin."

Thomas Campbell

"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die."

Robert Reich

"True patriotism isn't cheap. It's about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going."

Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

"The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war."

Gary Hart

"I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot."

Eve Merriam

"I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, 'Mother, what was war?'"

Terry PratchettGoing Postal

"Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?"

G. K. Chesterton

"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die."