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[p. 24] there are vacant places. Nor can we believe that those who survived the tempests of battle will be anxious for mere pleasure on that day. It is a Holy Day, when we keep green the memory of those ‘whose tents on fame's eternal camping ground are spread,’ when we try to get into fellowship with the spirit that made those men and women heroes and patriots. Our civil liberty will never be safe if we forget them.

Memorial Day has a forward look. We cannot consider those who stood and fought victoriously without considering their successors through the years. The immortal Gettysburg speech voices this thought. There is an unfinished work, to which we must dedicate ourselves, and ‘from these honored dead we must take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.’ That is the spirit in which we should observe Memorial Day. Proud as we are of our huge populations, our increasing wealth, our magnificent cities, our intellectual and scientific achievements, we must remember that if the nation is not bound together with a sincere piety she will perish. Memorial Day appeals to us for the development of all that is pure and good.

On Tuesday next we are challenged to prove ourselves as patriots who are worthy of the huge sacrifices made. We venture to say that the dead would, if they could, tell us that they died for a great cause. They did not die that we might permit liberty to degenerate into license, that we might indulge in class hatred, racial hatred, and forget the surging passion for American unity which impelled them to meet death. They did not die that we might live in riotous extravagance and mad pleasure, neglectful of the multitudes in sorrow and want at our doors. They did not die that we might develop laziness in our industries, neglect of worship, irreverence for the flag, and various red orgies of disloyalty. If on Memorial Day we stand reverently before the tomb of him who died at Saratoga or St. Mihiel, or

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