Honoring those who served

veteran’s Day was created in the United States as a way to honor and pay respect to the men and women who have served in the military. When it began on November 11, 1918, it was referred to as “Armistice Day” commemorating the first anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1926 a resolution was passed in Congress to observe the day. It was established as a national holiday in 1938. Still known as Armistice Day, President Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veteran’s Day as a way to ensure that veterans of all American conflicts would be remembered.

Here are some quotes to meditate on this Veteran’s Day.

“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

“Moral courage is the most valuable and usually the most absent characteristic in men.”
– George Patton

“Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don’t have that problem.”
– Ronald Reagan

“The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.”
– Patrick Henry

“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

“Never give in –never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
– Winston Churchill

“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

“Damn the wars but bless the soldier.”
– T.L. Moffitt

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

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

“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

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