O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life!
May God thy gold refine, till all success be nobleness,
and every gain divine.
God mend thine every flaw, confirm thy soul in self control,
thy liberty in law!
–America the Beautiful
words by Katharine Lee Bates, 1904
music by Samuel A. Ward, 1888
Wishing you and your family a peaceful, beautiful Memorial Day. May you have the freedom to gather with those you love. And may we honor and remember all those who gave their service and their lives for our ability to do so.