sayings and speeches are ideal for
retirement parties or toasts. Perhaps there are so many quotable
military sayings because officers are always giving speeches. Also,
there is something about military service that seems to create a dry
sense of humor. If you know many veterans, you probably know one who is
an expert at one-liners.
Below are some sayings and links to speeches that can give you
ideas if you are planning a military retirement party.
Land of the
free because of the brave
-- Bumper sticker
our Profession -- Air
so much owed by so many to so few
-- Winston Churchill.
fight for something than live for nothing."
-- George S. Patton.
long gray line has never failed us.
Were you to do so, a million ghosts
in olive drab, in brown khaki, in blue and gray,
would rise from their
thundering those magic words:
Duty, Honor, Country. --
MacArthur’s farewell speech at West
Iowa Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue. --
Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, U.S. Navy
flag may fade but these colors don't run. -- Charles
about how those
in service are
revered during times of
danger and forgotten
passed, and all things righted,
God is forgotten and the soldier
Tommy this, and Tommy that,
And chuck him out the brute, But
it's 'Savior of his Country,'
When the guns begin to shoot!
God and soldier we alike adore. At
the brink of danger; not before; After
deliverance, both alike requited. Our
God's forgotten, and our soldiers slighted.
---Francis Quarles, 16th Century English poet
never think of a Marine but what I think of a man
who wants to do more,
a man you have to hold back, not shove. --
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Marines have landed and the situation is well in hand. --
Richard Harding Davis
they live tradition; the United States Marine
bears upon his shoulders
the nation’s past and
the nation’s hopes for the future. --
Hanson W. Baldwin
Marines will never disappoint
the expectations of their country – never! --
Captain C.W. Morgan, U.S. Navy
have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is
not a finer fighting organization in the world. --
General Douglas MacArthur
Soldiers Never Die...
soldiers never die; they just fade away
The most famous quote from
General Douglas MacArthur's ending to his retirement speech
before Congress. Most people do not realize that the phrase originally
an old Army ballad.
are the lyrics: Old
Soldiers Never Die
is an old cookhouse, far far away Where
we get pork and beans, three times a day. Beefsteak
we never see, damn-all sugar for our tea And
we are gradually fading away.
soldiers never die, Never
die, never die, Old
soldiers never die They
just fade away.
they love their beer, 'most every day. Corporals,
they love their stripes, that's what they say. Sergeants
they love to drill.
Guess them bastards always will So
we drill and drill
until we fade away. Source: