Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 233 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
heads are growing gray, and many of our
omrades are growing feeble from age and
explosure on the field of battle, while battling
for the great principles of American liberty.
A;s it will not be but a few years when there
will be but two old soldiers-one who wore
the blue and one who wore the gray-marching
with sad and feeble steps to the cities of
the d(.ead on this sacred day, strewing the
rose and tle lily over tlhe last one of their
departed comrades, we of to-day cannot but
realize that it is within ourselves to foster
and keep green the memory of our heroic
dead. As we grow old we fully realize that
the heroism of the past in the early history
of theG (;overnmnent almost looks mythical to
us, but to-day we are building, by our devotion
to the memory of our comrades, a Imonument
that will last for ages in the hearts of
future generations, wlho will look back with
pride and shower blessings on their forefatlhers,
wlo crowned themselves with a diademu
of heroic deeds. Gone, but not forgotten;
faded from view, but set like priceless
jewelsO in the coronet of memory.
S Memorial day Il ow m uchl is embraced
it those two significant words! ESach rising
mound but marks the spot wleore some loved
one s leep. '*Somelbody's darling lies buried
tlere.' We have garlanded their graves and
wreathts! wit h flowers each soldier's narrow
t,1. One held aloft the stars and stripes,
tih other grasped, with equll heroism, tlle
*Iara and lbrs. Dtlring tile dark days of
tlwdy strife those brave nctll faced eachtl
other on fields of death, wlic made mothers
weep and orphans wail, till all this blessed
land of ours was bathed in tears. But when
the olive branch of peace spread its loving
foliage o'er our land it dispelled the dark and
gloomy clouds of war, and broke the bright
and glorious day once more, and tlen those
surviving met each other face to face and
smoked the pipe of peace in one eternal truce.
While we to-day with loving hands were
garlanding the graves of our departed conrades,
we cannot help but feel that some
saintedl mother, long since gone beyond the
great river of time, was spreading her angel
wings over us in heavenly benediction on the
loving services we were doing to tle memory
of some loving son, who sacrificed his life on
the altar of his country. Our beautiful land
lhas llad its baptism, a baptism of blood, and
we have come out cleansed and purified, and
the soldier of America lias risen like a Phcenix
from tile aslies of his desolation and hlas
achieved almost the acme of national greatness,-but
at what a sacrifice! To-day the
soldier of tlhe Nortlh and the soldier of the
South minlle together their tears while paying
tribute to tlle memory of the heroic (lead,
whose glory, whose memory is the comnlon
heritage of America. And may all tile heroic
dead, whose dust lies scattered over the battlefields
and in many a flowery city of tle dead,
rest in eternal l)eace, and their spirits from
the grand army above spread their loving
wings over this land of peace, to secure which
they, like tie martyrs of old, laid down their
lives on tile altar of their country. Thel
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/233/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.