The cost of freedom and democracy is paid by the men and women who muster their courage and set aside their fears as they wade through the horrors of war. That’s why on Veterans Day, we pay tribute to all soldiers who fought bravely and risked their lives in the name of duty and patriotism. We also honor their families and the sacrifices they’ve made.
On Veterans Day, we also show our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to all soldiers who continue to protect us. Their love and devotion to their country and fellow men are what keep us safe and free as we go about our lives. To honor veterans on this day, here are 30 Veterans Day quotes showing how their valor is never forgotten.
Veterans Day Quotes
The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment. – Judd Gregg
The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude. – Jeff Miller
America without her soldiers would be like God without his angels. – Claudia Pemberton
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. – John F. Kennedy
I think there is one higher office than President and I would call that patriot. – Gart Hart
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! – Maya Angelou
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. – Billy Graham
The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. – Patrick Henry
The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. – Thucydides
On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free. – Dan Lipinski
Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it, it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. – Joseph Campbell
The sacrifices made by veterans and their willingness to fight in defense of our nation merit our deep respect and praise – and to the best in benefits and medical care. – Sue Kelly
This will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. – Elmer Davis
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear. – Mark Twain
Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day. – Charles B. Rangel
In valor there is hope. – Tacitus
Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause. – Abraham Lincoln
The hero is the man dedicated to the creation and / or defense of reality-conforming, life-promoting values. – Andrew Bernstein
Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul. – Michel de Montaigne
You’d have to go a long way to find someone who was more proud and grateful for what our veterans have done for all of us. – Jim Davis
Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys. Look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death! – Sun Tzu
Never was so much owed by so many to so few. – Winston Churchill
Memorial Day isn’t just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that’s a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It’s a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it. – Pete Hegseth
America’s veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world. – John Doolittle
The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. – G.K. Chesterton
Our veterans accepted the responsibility to defend America and uphold our values when duty called. – Bill Shuster
In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country, can change it. – Barack Obama
To The Veterans of the United States of America Thank you, for the cost you paid for our freedom, thank you for the freedom to live in safety and pursue happiness, for freedom of speech (thus my book), and for all the freedoms that we daily take for granted. – Sara Niles
My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place — police, firefighters, and members of our armed forces. – Sidney Sheldon
Veterans Day Poems
Veterans have claims upon the hearts
Even of those who railed against their wars.
The years of sacrifice transcend the cause,
Endured through agonies no word imparts.
Reason cannot comprehend such hell,
As strangers murder strangers out of duty.
Nor does the bleak, obscene, nightmarish beauty
Stop haunting dreams that love and rage compel.
Decency demands we do them honor,
Albeit with a hatred of the horror
Yet rampaging through joy, alive and well.
– Barry Taylor.
Veterans have served their time in hell,
Emerging on the sunny side of pain,
Taking with them always shards of night.
Even in the midst of their delight,
Rich in all that love and luck can gain,
Armies rise that know their weakness well.
Now death joins the damned ones in the dell
‘Ere our circle seal them from the slain,
Sundering their longing from our light.
Days and years diminish not the blight,
As only those who’ve been there can explain,
Yet walking by the side of those who fell.
Veterans of wars unjust or just
Equally deserve consideration,
Their anger, hatred, fear, and livid lust
Equally in service to their nation.
Remember that the battlefield remains
A place where murder is one’s daily duty.
Nor can one be so brutal without stains
Seeping into one’s one well of beauty.
Do, then, pay them homage due, for they
Are heroes, though their bitter battles may
Yield nothing but their bitterness for booty.
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