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Entry from May 30, 2016
“We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them”

"We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them” is a popular quotation every Memorial Day. American economist and academic administrator Francis Amasa Walker (1840-1897) opened a memorial address with these words at Roxbury, Massachusetts, on May 30, 1890.

The quote has been printed on several images.


Wikipedia: Francis Amasa Walker
Francis Amasa Walker (July 2, 1840 – January 5, 1897) was an American economist, statistician, journalist, educator, academic administrator, and military officer in the Union Army.

Google Books
Five-minute Declamations, Second Part
Selected and adapted by Walter K. Fobes
Boston, MA: Lee and SHepard Publishers
1895
Pg. 14:
OUR DEAD SOLDIERS.
FRANCIS A. WALKER.
WE come. not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them. For one, I have never liked, even from the first, to see as so often is the case, the flag at half-mast upon Memorial Day.

13 March 1909. Boston (MA) Daily Globe, pg. 10, col. 4:
FAMOUS GEMS OF PROSE.
No 238.
OUR SOLDIER DEAD.
By Francis A. Walker.
From an address at the memorial exercises of T. G. Stevenson post, No. 26, G. A. R., Roxbury, May 30, 1890.
We come. not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them. For one, I have never liked, even from the first, to see as so often is the case, the flag at half-mast upon Memorial day.

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We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.  ~Francis A. Walker - Lets remember what Memorial Day is all about!
9:46 AM - 22 May 2009

Google Books
Chicken Soup for the Soul:
Inspiration for Writers:
101 Motivational Stories for Writers—Budding or Bestselling—from Books to Blogs

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark and Susan M. Heim
Cos Cob, CT: Chicken Soup for the Soul Pub.
2013
Pg. ?:
We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them. ~Francis A. Walker

Bustle
12 Memorial Day Quotes To Share On Facebook That Honor Those Who Died For Our Country
CHELSEY GRASSO
May 29, 2016 LIFESTYLE
(...)
10. “We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.” — Francis A. Walker

Reporter Times (U.S. and India)
Happy Memorial Day Quotes 2016: Sayings and Thank You Messages For Those Who Sacrificed Their Lives
By Steven Lembart on May 30, 2016
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“We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.” — Francis A. Walker

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Monday, May 30, 2016 • Permalink