Inspiring Quotes and Sayings on the Death of a Soldier

Be inspired to write a eulogy or condolence letter

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Whether retired or on active duty, members of the Armed Forces deserve our honor and respect. Photo © MILpictures by Tom Weber/The Image Bank/Getty Images

When you need to write a eulogy for a soldier or a condolence letter to his survivors, you may have trouble finding the right words. You want to honor his or her service while providing solace and working through your own grief for the loss. This collection of quotes and sayings about the loss of a member of the Armed Forces may inspire you and help you to express your own thoughts and emotions at this difficult time.

Thomas Moore, Irish poet and songwriter
"Peace to each manly soul that sleepeth;
Rest to each faithful eye that weepeth."

Sir Walter Scott, Scottish author and playwright
"Soldier, rest! thy warfare o'er,
Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking;
Dream of battled fields no more,
Days of danger, nights of waking."

George S. Patton, American soldier
"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."

Plato, Greek philosopher and mathematician
"Only the dead have seen the end of war."

Francis Marion Crawford, American author
"They fell, but o'er their glorious grave
Floats free the banner of the cause they died to save."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet and educator
"Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers;
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours."

Daniel Webster, American politician
"Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored."

Joseph Campbell, American scholar and author
"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."

Maya Angelou, American poet and author
"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!

William Penn, English reformer and founder of Pennsylvania
"For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity."

Theodore O’Hara, American poet and soldier
"The muffled drum’s sad roll has beat
The soldier’s last tattoo;
No more on Life’s parade shall meet
The brave and fallen few.
On Fame’s eternal camping-ground
Their silent tents are spread,
And Glory guards, with solemn round
The bivouac of the dead."

Abraham Lincoln, American president
"But in a large sense we cannot dedicate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract."

G.K. Chesterton, English author
"The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him."

Douglas MacArthur, American soldier
"The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war."

Author unknown
"The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all."

Minot Judson Savage, American clergyman and author
"The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men."

Benjamin Disraeli, English politician and author
"The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example."

Fred Allen Boyd Jr., American politician
"America's fighting men and women sacrifice much to ensure that our great nation stays free.

We owe a debt of gratitude to the soldiers that have paid the ultimate price for this cause, as well as for those who are blessed enough to return from the battlefield unscathed."

Lane Allen Evans, American politician
"Without the brave efforts of all the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines and their families, this nation, along with our allies around the world, would not stand so boldly, shine so brightly and live so freely."

A Word From Verywell

The loss of a member of the Armed Forces who was on active duty is usually a traumatic event for his or her survivors. You don't expect to lose someone still in the prime of his or her life, even if assigned to a conflict zone.

Or, you may be honoring an elderly veteran who gave some of the prime years of his or her life serving in the Armed Forces. You and the other survivors will go through several phases of grief. You may find that a grief support group can help you.

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