O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!
This verse always makes me remember to offer a silent prayer of thanks for all those who have sacrificed their lives so that I can enjoy the freedom of a long weekend.
The brave die never, though they sleep in dust:
Their courage nerves a thousand living men.
~Minot J. Savage