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It takes courage for a soldier to risk life and limb for his country. The least we civilians can do is to honor these heroes. That is the basis of the Veterans Day celebration-to venerate these great men and women with words of appreciation. The edifice of our society stands on the martyrdom of these selfless souls. Here are some inspiring Veterans Day quotes. They remind the younger generation of their duty towards their country and inspire them to uphold the tradition of liberty, fraternity, and equality.
"The most persistent sound which reverberates through men's history is the beating of war drums."
"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!"
"The only war is the war you fought in. Every veteran knows that."
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
"The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war."
Publius Cornelius Tacitus
"In valor there is hope."
"If you're not gonna pull the trigger, don't point the gun."
"Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties."
Frederick the Great
"The most certain way of ensuring victory is to march briskly and in good order against the enemy, always endeavoring to gain ground."
Francois de la Rochefoucauld
"Perfect valor is to behave, without witnesses, as one would act were all the world watching."
Richard Watson Gilder
"Better than honor and glory, and History's iron pen,
Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men."
Michel de Montaigne
"Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul."
Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Lord, bid war's trumpet cease;
Fold the whole earth in peace."
"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."
Thomas Dunn English
"But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, Is their monument to-day, and for aye."
"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!"
"The hero is the man dedicated to the creation and/or defense of reality-conforming, life-promoting values."
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."
Earlene Larson Jenks
"Have the courage to act instead of react."
"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."
Michel de Montaigne
"When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?"
Dwight D. Eisenhower
"Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him."
"In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."
"America's veterans deserve the very best health care because they've earned it."
"History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap."
"America's veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded more than 229 years ago."
"We can't equate spending on veterans with spending on defense. Our strength is not just in the size of our defense budget, but in the size of our hearts, in the size of our gratitude for their sacrifice. And that's not just measured in words or gestures."
"America's Veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world."
"Either war is obsolete or men are."
"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."
"Thank you for the sacrifices you and your families are making. Our Vietnam Veterans have taught us that no matter what our positions may be on policy, as Americans and patriots, we must support all of our soldiers with our thoughts and our prayers."
"I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot."