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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841–1935)
QUOTATION: It is now the moment when by common consent we pause to become conscious of our national life and to rejoice in it, to recall what our country has done for each of us, and to ask ourselves what we can do for our country in return.
ATTRIBUTION: OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, justice of the supreme court of Massachusetts, Memorial Day speech, May 30, 1884, Keene, New Hampshire.—Holmes, Speeches, pp. 2–3 (1934).
SUBJECTS: Government—citizen participation