Inspiring Quotes and Sayings on the Death of a Soldier

Quotes on the Death, Dying and Grief Caused by the Loss of a Soldier

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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

While words can never fully express how much someone means to us, language can still provide comfort, solace, hope and even inspiration following the death of a loved one. Here, you will find a select collection of messages, quotes and sayings about the grief caused by the loss a soldier or member of the Armed Forces.

You might find these lines helpful when writing a eulogy or condolence letter, particularly if you're having trouble finding the right words and need inspiration.

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.

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Additional Reading:
• The History and Lyrics of "Taps"
• The National Moment of Remembrance Act
• Presidential Memorial Certificates
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