81 Best US Veteran’s Day Quotes To Salute Our Heroes

Veterans Day is a chance to remember and honor America’s brave men and women who have served in the country’s armed forces. It’s also a day to recognize their contributions to society by honoring them with parades and celebrations. For their service to the country, veterans are entitled to receive several benefits, including free medical care at clinics through the Veterans Health Administration, disability compensation, and low-cost college tuition for their dependents.

Veteran’s Day Quotes

“He loves his country best who strives to make it best.” — Robert G. Ingersoll

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” — Nathan Hale

“Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down.” — Malcolm X

“No man is a man until he has been a soldier.” — Louis de Bernières

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

Veterans Day Quotes of Appreciation

Veterans Day is coming up, and as you’re getting ready to honor those who have served in the military, make sure to remember to thank a veteran for their service. And what better time to thank a veteran than Veterans Day! The holiday, observed on November 11 each year, is dedicated to honoring all veterans for their service and sacrifice. Here are some quotes of appreciation to help you say thanks.

“Duty, honour, country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.” — Douglas MacArthur

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“The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. The highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.” — George S. Patton

“Never was so much owed by so many to so few.” — Winston Churchill

“If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

“On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfil our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.” — Dan Lipinski

“Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.” — Mary Roach

“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

“Only our faith in freedom can keep us free.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Americans never quit.” — Douglas MacArthur

Veterans Day Thank You Quotes

We all know that Veterans Day is a time to thank the men and women who have served in the armed forces. But no matter how heartfelt your words, they’ll have a greater impact on the veteran in your life when you back them up with actions.

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veterans day quote

“America’s veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded more than 229 years ago.” — Steve Buyer

“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

“I’ve lived the literal meaning of the ‘land of the free’ and ‘home of the brave.’ It’s not corny for me. I feel it in my heart. I feel it in my chest.” — Chris Kyle

“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

“For the first time in a long time, I felt like I had a purpose being in the Navy. It wasn’t about money and rank or prestige. It was about raising the flag. We do what we do because no one else can or will do it. We fight so others can sleep at night.” — Timothy Ciciora

“We can’t equate spending on veterans with spending on defence. Our strength is not just in the size of our defence 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.” — Jennifer Granholm

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“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” — Thomas Paine

Veterans Day Quotes by Presidents

Every year on Veteran’s Day, Americans pause to honor the men and women who have served in the nation’s armed forces in recognition of their service and sacrifice. As Americans recognize the service and sacrifice of our veterans on this Veteran’s Day, here are quotes about Veterans Day and military service.

“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

“I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: ‘I served in the United States Navy.’” — John F. Kennedy

“I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot.” — Gary Hart

“Our veterans accepted the responsibility to defend America and uphold our values when duty called.”  — Bill Shuster

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

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” — José Narosky

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.” — G.K. Chesterton

“Fortune favours the brave.” — Terence

“Word to the Nation: Guard zealously your right to serve in the Armed Forces, for without them, there will be no other rights to guard.” — John F. Kennedy

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“The only easy day was yesterday.” — US Navy SEALs

“A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“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 honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the overwhelming might of the enemy.” — Winston Churchill

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” — Cynthia Ozick

“America’s veterans deserve the very best health care because they’ve earned it.” — Jim Ramstad

“America’s finest – our men and women in uniform, are a force for good throughout the world, and that is nothing to apologize for.” — Sarah Palin

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veterans day quote

“Better than honour and glory, and History’s iron pen, was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.” — Richard Watson Gilder

“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” — J.R.R. Tolkien

“I respect every soldier, from every country, who serves beside us in the hard work of history. America is grateful, and America will not forget.” — George W. Bush

“We must never forget why we have, and why we need our military. Our armed forces exist solely to ensure our nation is safe so that every one of us can sleep soundly at night, knowing we have ‘guardians at the gate.’” — Allen West

“This country has not seen and probably will never know the true level of sacrifice of our veterans.” — Thomas M. Smith

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.” — Mark Twain

Veterans Day Quotes From Goodreads

Even though Memorial Day and Veterans Day are not the same, they are celebrated similarly. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring the men and women who have died while serving in the United States military, while Veterans Day is a day to honor those who are still living. On this day, November 11th, we honor all who have served in the military, whether they were killed in action or are still living. The following quotes are from the books Goodreads users are reading.

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“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

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veterans day quote

“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

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

“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

“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” — Norman Schwarzkopf

“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

“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 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

“Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but courage and the soul.” — Michel de Montaigne

Veterans Day Quotes and Sayings

The Armistice Day holiday, now Veterans Day, honors men and women who have served or are serving in the United States military. It began as a “clunky substitute for the word armistice” when World War I came to an end on November 11, 1918, according to History.com. The holiday was initially celebrated from June 13, 1919, to June 21, 1926. It then became a permanent observance and was renamed Armistice Day, which morphed into Veterans Day.

“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.” — Thucydides

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veterans day quote

“Perfect valour is to behave, without witnesses, as one would act were all the world watching.” — François de la Rochefoucauld

“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

“The thing we all had in common wasn’t muscle; it was the will to do whatever it takes.” — Chris Kyle

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

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

Veterans Day Card Quotes

As we approach Veteran’s Day, the time of year to thank the brave men and women who have proudly served our country, it’s worth asking what you say when you meet a veteran. Do you ask about their service, their medals, or where they served? While there are some specific rules of etiquette for talking to veterans, the truth is that there are no hard-and-fast rules. Some veterans wish people wouldn’t ask them about their service at all.

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“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

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” — Billy Graham

“Spending time with America’s soldiers is always inspiring.” — John Boehner

“The young patriots now returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan and other deployments worldwide are joining the ranks of veterans to whom America owes an immense debt of gratitude.” — Steve Buyer

“Tragically, the effort to make America and the world safer and to defend freedom around the world is not without an enormous cost to this Nation in terms primarily of lost lives and those who bear the scars and the wounds of war, and their families who must bear these losses.” — John Warner

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

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

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

“These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honour – and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror.” — Michael N. Castle

“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

What Do You Say for Veterans Day

In the U.S., November 11 is known as Veterans Day. To celebrate, here are some quotes from Veterans across the country who shared with us what they are most thankful for on Veteran’s Day and why they think we should appreciate our Veterans as well.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams

“Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.” — George Washington

“Marines—you beat them down and they come back for more.” — Chris Kyle

“Freedom is never free.” — Anonymous

“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” — Jeff Miller

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honour, 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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