Veteran Quotes

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Veterans Day is a federal holiday that falls on November 11th each year.

While the date was chosen to commemorate the end of the “War to End All Wars,” World War I, it is today a national holiday honoring America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the greater good.

Here are Veteran Quotes to assist you to express gratitude to those who have served in your community. You’ll discover a meaningful way to honor their service and sacrifice on Veteran’s Day or any other day.

70+ Veteran Quotes to Show Your Gratitude to Them

The hero is the man dedicated to the creation and / or defense of reality-conforming, life-promoting values___Andrew Bernstein

The hero is the man dedicated to the creation and / or defense of reality-conforming, life-promoting values___Andrew Bernstein

Killing people is easier than it should be.” Dad put on his beret. “Staying alive is harder.― Laurie Halse Anderson

Killing people is easier than it should be.” Dad put on his beret. “Staying alive is harder.― Laurie Halse Anderson

In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.– Barack Obama

In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.– Barack Obama

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.___Billy Graham

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.___Billy Graham

The world doesn’t owe anyone a living—including veterans.― Frank D. Gilroy

The world doesn't owe anyone a living—including veterans.― Frank D. Gilroy

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

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

We sleep peaceably in our beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on our behalf.___George Orwell

We sleep peaceably in our beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on our behalf.___George Orwell

Guns belong to soldiers, not civilians.― Abhijit Naskar

Guns belong to soldiers, not civilians.― Abhijit Naskar

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.___Mark Twain

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.___Mark Twain

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.___John Fitzgerald Kennedy

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.___John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it… it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.__Unknown

Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it… it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.__Unknown

America is my mother and my mother is my responsibility.― Abhijit Naskar

America is my mother and my mother is my responsibility.― Abhijit Naskar

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.– Joseph Campbell

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.– Joseph Campbell

We who have seen war will never stop seeing it.― Joseph L. Galloway

We who have seen war will never stop seeing it.― Joseph L. Galloway

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.__Cynthia Ozick

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.__Cynthia Ozick

America’s veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded more than 229 years ago.___Steve Buyer

America’s veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded more than 229 years ago.___Steve Buyer

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


America’s Veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world.___John Doolittle

America’s Veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world.___John Doolittle

As a rule I don’t fuck about with fellows who were in the Philippines.― Allie Ray

As a rule I don't fuck about with fellows who were in the Philippines.― Allie Ray

It’s about how we treat our veterans every single day of the year. It’s about making sure they have the care they need and the benefits that they’ve earned when they come home. It’s about serving all of you as well as you’ve served the United States of America.___Barack Obama


In valor there is hope.___Publius Cornelius Tacitus

In valor there is hope.___Publius Cornelius Tacitus

Beginner knows rules, but veterans know exceptions.― Amit Kalantri

Beginner knows rules, but veterans know exceptions.― Amit Kalantri

To those in uniform serving today and to those who have served in the past, we honor you today and every day.___Unknown

To those in uniform serving today and to those who have served in the past, we honor you today and every day.___Unknown

There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.___Alexander Hamilton

There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.___Alexander Hamilton

From out of the ground a eulogy grows and becomes a poppy.― Nanette L. Avery

From out of the ground a eulogy grows and becomes a poppy.― Nanette L. Avery

America without her soldiers would be like God without His angels. – Claudia Pemberton

America without her soldiers would be like God without His angels. – Claudia Pemberton

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.__George S. Patton

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.__George S. Patton

Not all days in the field were unhappy ones. You had to have fun sometimes or you would go crazy.― Lanny Starr


I think there is one higher office than President and I would call that patriot. – Gary Hart


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


Because all of us believe and understand in the fabric of the common bond of why we call ourselves American is to care for the men and women who wear the uniform; and when they take off the uniform, we care for them when they are veterans.___Steve Buyer


The Marine Corps forced me to come home from Afghanistan. It’s up to me to allow myself to come home.― Thomas J Brennan


The sanctity of our battlefields, monuments, and veterans institutions is of utmost importance to preserve military history and pay respect to those who fought.___Henry Waxman


We owe our World War II veterans – and all our veterans – a debt we can never fully repay.___Doc Hastings


May fireworks fill your heart and independence be your way of life.― Neil Leckman


Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared to death.– Gen. Omar Bradley


The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.__Abraham Lincoln


In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose.___Dwight D. Eisenhower


You don’t get a purple heart for being mentally shot.― J.M. Gillespie


The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.___Douglas MacArthur


All gave some, some gave all.___Billy Ray Cyrus, Some Gave All


In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one.__H.L. Mencken


Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.__G.K. Chesterton


True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.___Arthur Ashe


The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.__George Washington


To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.___Woodrow Wilson


The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.___Patrick Henry


How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! – Maya Angelou


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


Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.___Michel de Montaigne


The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage.___Thucydides


We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause.___Ronald Reagan


Well, look at what people are doing for returned veterans now. The wounded warriors. They’re working hard to make the wounded veterans feel that they are loved and welcomed home, unlike Vietnam. It was not a very kind, gentle world then. I think we are kinder and gentler.___Barbara Bush


Without heroes, we are all plain people, and don’t know how far we can go. – Bernard Malamud


Our veterans accepted the responsibility to defend America and uphold our values when duty called.__Bill Shuster


Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.__Gen. Douglas MacArthur


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


As a former veteran, I understand the needs of veterans, and have been clear – we will work together, stand together with the Administration, but we will also question their policies when they shortchange veterans and military retirees.___Solomon Ortiz


Never was so much owed by so many to so few. – Winston Churchill


I offer neither pay, nor quarters, nor food; I offer only hunger, thirst, forced marches, battles and death. Let him who loves his country with his heart, and not merely with his lips, follow me.___Giuseppe Garibaldi


I’m trying to raise the awareness of the troops that, when they deploy and go to war, it’s not just them at war – it’s also their family. Their family is having to go through all the hardships and the stresses.__Chris Kyle


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


Better than honor and glory, and history’s iron pen, was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.___Richard Watson Gilder


War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children.__Jimmy Carter


It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.___Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf


This will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. – Elmer Davis


The thing is this: You got to have fun while you’re fightin’ for freedom, ’cause you don’t always win.__Molly Ivins


But this Veterans Day, I believe we should do more than sing the praises of the bravery and patriotism that our veterans have embodied in the past. We should take this opportunity to re-evaluate how we are treating our veterans in the present.__Nick Lampson


Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war. – Seneca


We will not tire, we will not falter, we will not fail.___George W. Bush


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


The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they’re protecting us.___Tom Clancy


If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you can read it in English, thank a Veteran.___Unknown


In war, there are no unwounded soldiers. – José Narosky


While only one day of the year is dedicated solely to honoring our veterans, Americans must never forget the sacrifices that many of our fellow countrymen have made to defend our country and protect our freedoms.___Randy Neugebauer


When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death – that is heroism.___Robert G. Ingersoll


I go where the sound of thunder is.___Alfred M. Gray


Our soldiers have nobly fought to protect freedom since our country’s birth, and have fought to protect those that could not protect themselves, even in foreign lands when called upon.__John Linder


I am not a hero but the brave men who died deserved this honor.___Ira Hayes


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