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Military Toasts

Here's to American valor,
May no war require it, but may it ever be ready for every foe.

In the words of Minna Thomas Antrim, "Here's to Uncle Sam's fighters-models of all that's brave, terrors to all who are unfair."

Here's to the army and navy,
And the battles they have won,
Here's to America's colors
­The colors that never run.

Here's to the land we love and the love we land.

Toasts to the Army

Here's to the soldier who fights and loves - may he never lack for either.

In the words of Colonel Blacker, "Put your trust in God, boys, and keep your powder dry."

"The girl and boy are bound by a kiss,
But there's never a bond, old friend like this:
We have drunk from the same canteen."
-General Charles G. Halpine

Here's to the soldier and his arms,
Fall in, men, fall in;
Here's to women and their arms,
Fall in, men, fall in.

Toasts to the Marines

Here's health to you and to our corps,
Which we are proud to serve:
In many a strife we have fought for life
And never lost our nerve.
If the army and the navy
Ever look on heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded
By the United States Marines.

I give you muscles of steel, nerves of iron, tongues of silver, hearts of gold, necks of leather-the marines.

As Sir Walter Scott said, "Tell that to the marines."

Toasts to the Navy

To the wisdom of sailors. As Sir Walter Scott said, "Tell that to the marines-the sailors won't believe it."

To our sailors-long may they ride the waves.

To our navy-may it ever float.

Here's to the ships of our navy,
And the ladies of our land;
May the first be ever well rigged,
And the latter ever well manned

A stout ship, a clear sea, and a far-off coast in stormy weather.

Here's to the navy-true hearts and sound bottoms.

Here's to grog, grub, and glory.

To the sailor - the only person I know who gets seasick taking a bath.


- , Editor, Etiquette Scholar

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