Remembrance Day is the Commonwealth's version of the American Memorial Day. The holiday is observed on 11 November each year, a date that marked the end of the First World War.
The First World War officially ended at 11.00 a.m. on 11 November 1918. On 7 November 1919, British monarch King George V announced that 11 November would serve as Remembrance Day to honor soldiers who laid down their lives during the war. Also known as Armistice Day, or Poppy Day, this holiday came to be observed in most Commonwealth countries. Canadian Remembrance Day is popular worldwide, as Canada has a rich tradition of celebrating Remembrance Day.
The holiday is a reminder of the immense bloodshed resulting from war. Many praise the valor of the soldiers at the frontline. Nevertheless, pacifists like Jeanette Rankin, strike a note of reason. Rankin said, "You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake."
Remembrance Day quotes help us understand the machinations of war. On this Remembrance Day let us salute those iron-willed martyrs, with this collection of Remembrance Day sayings. Read some more quotes for Remembrance Day to gain an insight into war.
John McCrae, In Flanders Fields
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
If it seems a childish thing to do, do it in remembrance that you are a child.
Richard von Weizscker
Seeking to forget makes exile all the longer the secret of redemption lies in remembrance.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
With the tears a Land hath shed
Their graves should ever be green.
Henry Ward Beecher
Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language? Are they dead that yet act? Are they dead that yet move upon society and inspire the people with nobler motives and more heroic patriotism?
James Gates Percival
Green sods are all their monuments; and yet it tells
A nobler history than pillared piles,
Or the eternal pyramids.
The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree.
Richard Watson Gilder
Better than honor and glory, and History's iron pen,
Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.
Francis Marion Crawford
They fell, but o'er their glorious grave
Floats free the banner of the cause they died to save.
Peace to each manly soul that sleepeth;
Rest to each faithful eye that weepeth...
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
Who kept the faith and fought the fight;
The glory theirs, the duty ours.
I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did.
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.
Blow out, you bugles, over the rich Dead!
There's none of these so lonely and poor of old,
But, dying, has made us rarer gifts than gold.
Minot J. Savage
The brave die never, though they sleep in dust:
Their courage nerves a thousand living men.
The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.
And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
Even at our birth, death does but stand aside a little. And every day he looks towards us and muses somewhat to himself whether that day or the next he will draw nigh.
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.
W. J. Cameron
Perform, then, this one act of remembrance before this Day passes – Remember there is an army of defense and advance that never dies and never surrenders, but is increasingly recruited from the eternal sources of the American spirit and from the generations of American youth.
Wilfred Wilson Gibson
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?
Is't death to fall for Freedom's right?
He's dead alone who lacks her light!
James A. Garfield
For love of country they accepted death...
How sleep the brave, who sink to rest,
By all their country's wishes blest!
When Spring, with dewy fingers cold,
Returns to deck their hallow'd mould,
She there shall dress a sweeter sod
Than Fancy's feet have ever trod.
By fairy hands their knell is rung,
There Honour comes, a pilgrim gray,
To bless the turf that wraps their clay;
And Freedom shall awhile repair,
To dwell, a weeping hermit, there.
Thomas William Parsons
On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation!
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
They are dead; but they live in each Patriot's breast,
And their names are engraven on honor's bright crest.