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.
Why We Celebrate
The story of America's quest for freedom is inscribed on her history
in the blood of her patriots.
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.