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First Line: Strew the fair garlands where slumber the dead
Last Line: Grateful the living and honored the dead.
Subject(s): Holidays; Memorial Day; Declaration Day


Strew the fair garlands where slumber the dead,
Ring out the strains like the swell of the sea;
Heart-felt the tribute we lay on each bed:
Sound o'er the brave the refrain of the free,

Sound the refrain of the loyal and free,
Visit each sleeper and hallow each bed:
Waves the starred banner from seacoast to sea;
Grateful the living and honored the dead.




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