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May we remember and honor those who served so ably and honorably, not just on Veteran's and Memorial Day, but every day. Amen.

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quote by RJ Heller: In the aftermath, we are because they were. with background image:

In the aftermath, we are because they were.

--RJ Heller
quote by T. L. Moffitt: Damn the wars but bless the soldier. with background image:

Damn the wars but bless the soldier.

--T.L. Moffitt


quote by J. M. Gillespie: You don't get a purple heart for being mentally shot. with background image:

You don't get a purple heart for being mentally shot.

--J.M. Gillespie

quote by Valerie Ormond: We've found when soldiers help other soldiers, or military members of any service, it helps them, too. with background image:

We've found when soldiers help other soldiers, or military members of any service, it helps them, too.

--Valerie Ormond
quote by Ira Hayes: I am not a hero but the brave men who died deserved this honor. with background image:

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

--Ira Hayes
quote by Joseph L. Galloway: We who have seen war will never stop seeing it. with background image:

We who have seen war will never stop seeing it.

--Joseph L. Galloway

Longer Version:

We who have seen war, will never stop seeing it. In the silence of the night, we will always hear the screams. So this is our story, for we were soldiers once, and young.





quote by Bill Shuster: Our veterans accepted the responsibility to defend America and uphold our values when duty called. with background image:

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

--Bill Shuster
quote by Charles B. Rangel: Respecting our veterans includes providing them the ways and means they so desperately need to reintegrate into our lives and serve us agai… with background image:

Respecting our veterans includes providing them the ways and means they so desperately need to reintegrate into our lives and serve us again as productive members of our civilian community.

--Charles B. Rangel
quote by Charles B. Rangel: Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day. with background image:

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
quote by Cynthia Ozick: We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. with background image:

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

--Cynthia Ozick
quote by Dan Lipinski: On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave… with background image:

On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.

--Dan Lipinski
quote by Daniel Webster: God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it. with background image:

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.

--Daniel Webster
quote by Elmer Davis: This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. with background image:

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

--Elmer Davis
quote by Gina Barreca: Those of us who have never been in the military don't understand what it is like to serve in the military. with background image:

Those of us who have never been in the military don't understand what it is like to serve in the military.

--Gina Barreca


quote by Marcus Luttrell: We have to make sure the Hell the veterans come home from is not the Hell they come back to. with background image:

We have to make sure the Hell the veterans come home from is not the Hell they come back to.

--Marcus Luttrell
quote by Nick Lampson: Congress should stop treating veterans like they're asking for a hand out when it comes to the benefits they were promised, and they should… with background image:

Congress should stop treating veterans like they're asking for a hand out when it comes to the benefits they were promised, and they should realize that, were it not for these veterans, there would be nothing to hand out.

--Nick Lampson
quote by Norman Schwarzkopf: It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle. with background image:

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

--Norman Schwarzkopf
quote by Norman Schwarzkopf: 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. with background image:

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
quote by Norman Schwarzkopf: Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for. with background image:

Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for.

--Norman Schwarzkopf

quote by Plautus: Courage in danger is half the battle. with background image:

Courage in danger is half the battle.

--Plautus
quote by Randy Neugebauer: While only one day of the year is dedicated solely to honoring our veterans, Americans must never forget the sacrifices that many of our fe… with background image:

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

quote by Steve Buyer: America's veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded more than 229 years ago. with background image:

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

--Steve Buyer
quote by Steve Buyer: Twenty-five million veterans are living among us today. These men and women selflessly set aside their civilian lives to put on the uniform… with background image:

Twenty-five million veterans are living among us today. These men and women selflessly set aside their civilian lives to put on the uniform and serve us.

--Steve Buyer

quote by Thucydides: The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. with background image:

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

--Thucydides

quote by Al Franken: Veterans report that service dogs help break their isolation. People will often avert their eyes when they see a wounded veteran. But when … with background image: photo of author Al Franken with quote: Veterans report that service dogs help break their isolation. People will often avert their eyes whe...

Veterans report that service dogs help break their isolation. People will often avert their eyes when they see a wounded veteran. But when the veteran has a dog, the same people will come up and say, 'Hi' to pet the dog and then strike up a conversation.

--Al Franken
quote by Bill Frist: The valor and courage of our young women and men in the armed services are a shining example to all of the world, and we owe them and their… with background image:

The valor and courage of our young women and men in the armed services are a shining example to all of the world, and we owe them and their families our deepest respect.

--Bill Frist
quote by Bill Flores: If our goal is to provide health care to our veterans, why does it need to be in the bricks and mortar of bureaucracy of the VA? Why can't … with background image:

If our goal is to provide health care to our veterans, why does it need to be in the bricks and mortar of bureaucracy of the VA? Why can't you give them an insurance card and let them go to a health care provider of their choice?

--Bill Flores
quote by Chris Kyle: What wounded veteran's don't need is sympathy. They need to be treated like the men they are: equals, heroes, and people who still have tre… with background image:

What wounded veteran's don't need is sympathy. They need to be treated like the men they are: equals, heroes, and people who still have tremendous value for society.

--Chris Kyle
quote by Doc Hastings: We owe our World War II veterans -- and all our veterans -- a debt we can never fully repay. with background image:

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

--Doc Hastings
quote by George Canning: When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep? with background image:

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?

--George Canning

quote by Jennifer Granholm: Caring for veterans shouldn't be a partisan issue. It should an American one. with background image:

Caring for veterans shouldn't be a partisan issue. It should an American one.

--Jennifer Granholm

quote by James Mattis: You've been told that you're broken, that you're damaged goods and should be labeled victims. I don't buy it. The truth, instead, is that y… with background image: photo of author James Mattis with quote: You've been told that you're broken, that you're damaged goods and should be labeled victims. I don'...

You've been told that you're broken, that you're damaged goods and should be labeled victims. I don't buy it. The truth, instead, is that you are the only folks with the skills, determination, and values to ensure American dominance in this chaotic world.

--James Mattis
quote by Jeff Miller: The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude. with background image:

The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.

--Jeff Miller
quote by John Delaney: Despite all the dysfunction in Washington, I believe that when it comes to helping veterans and keeping our fundamental promises as a count… with background image:

Despite all the dysfunction in Washington, I believe that when it comes to helping veterans and keeping our fundamental promises as a country, we can come together and do the right thing.

--John Delaney
quote by John Delaney: One of the key issues all veterans face is making the transition to a civilian career, and for veterans who need extra medical attention, t… with background image:

One of the key issues all veterans face is making the transition to a civilian career, and for veterans who need extra medical attention, this can be even more difficult.

--John Delaney

quote by John Doolittle: America's Veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world. with background image:

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

--John Doolittle
quote by Jim Ramstad: America's veterans deserve the very best health care because they've earned it. with background image:

America's veterans deserve the very best health care because they've earned it.

--Jim Ramstad
quote by Jan Karon: In World War One, they called it shell shock. Second time around, they called it battle fatigue. After 'Nam, it was post-traumatic stress d… with background image:

In World War One, they called it shell shock. Second time around, they called it battle fatigue. After 'Nam, it was post-traumatic stress disorder.

--Jan Karon

quote by Kirsten Gillibrand: For many of the brave men and women who have fought on the front lines, returning home means trying to navigate a complicated and bureaucra… with background image:

For many of the brave men and women who have fought on the front lines, returning home means trying to navigate a complicated and bureaucratic Veterans Administration benefits system.

--Kirsten Gillibrand
quote by Kirsten Gillibrand: While we can't begin to repay the debt we owe our veterans for their brave service, we can certainly take steps to ease the physical, psych… with background image:

While we can't begin to repay the debt we owe our veterans for their brave service, we can certainly take steps to ease the physical, psychological and financial hardships they may be experiencing.

--Kirsten Gillibrand

quote by Karl Marlantes: When the peace treaty is signed, the war isn't over for the veterans, or the family. It's just starting. with background image:

When the peace treaty is signed, the war isn't over for the veterans, or the family. It's just starting.

--Karl Marlantes
quote by Mel Gibson: They may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom! with background image:

They may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!

--Mel Gibson
quote by Melania Trump: I cannot, or will not, take the freedoms this country offers for granted. But these freedoms have come with a price so many times. The sacr… with background image:

I cannot, or will not, take the freedoms this country offers for granted. But these freedoms have come with a price so many times. The sacrifices made by our veterans are reminders to us of this.

--Melania Trump

quote by Pete Hegseth: Veterans are driven by the same frustrations that the public has with what is happening in Washington... the fiscal irresponsibility and th… with background image:

Veterans are driven by the same frustrations that the public has with what is happening in Washington... the fiscal irresponsibility and the financial crisis that our country is facing.

--Pete Hegseth

quote by Patty Murray: Caring for our veterans is the duty of a grateful nation. with background image:

Caring for our veterans is the duty of a grateful nation.

--Patty Murray
quote by Rodney Frelinghuysen: Veterans are a symbol of what makes our nation great, and we must never forget all they have done to ensure our freedom. with background image:

Veterans are a symbol of what makes our nation great, and we must never forget all they have done to ensure our freedom.

--Rodney Frelinghuysen
quote by Rob Riggle: My advice is for veterans to seek out mentors, people who are doing what you want to do. You have to decide what you want and have a goal. … with background image:

My advice is for veterans to seek out mentors, people who are doing what you want to do. You have to decide what you want and have a goal. Don't worry about how you're going to do it. Just trust that you'll get there.

--Rob Riggle
quote by R. Buckminster Fuller: Either war is obsolete, or men are. with background image:

Either war is obsolete, or men are.

--R. Buckminster Fuller
quote by R. Lee Ermey: America's trying to do the best for its veterans. with background image:

America's trying to do the best for its veterans.

--R. Lee Ermey
quote by Rand Beers: The precondition to freedom is security. with background image:

The precondition to freedom is security.

--Rand Beers
quote by Sue Kelly: The sacrifices made by veterans and their willingness to fight in defense of our nation merit our deep respect and praise -- and to the bes… with background image:

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
quote by Zell Miller: It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. with background image:

It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

--Zell Miller
quote by Giovannie de Sadeleer: Every star in the universe represents a soul of a soldier who gave his life for the life you live today. with background image:

Every star in the universe represents a soul of a soldier who gave his life for the life you live today.

--Giovannie de Sadeleer


quote by Todd Stocker: The atrocities of war are only overshadowed by the heroism of their dead. with background image:

The atrocities of war are only overshadowed by the heroism of their dead.

--Todd Stocker

quote by Eve Merriam: I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask: Mother, what was war? with background image:

I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask: Mother, what was war?

--Eve Merriam
quote by Henry George Bohn: A soldier is he whose blood makes the glory of the general. with background image:

A soldier is he whose blood makes the glory of the general.

--Henry George Bohn

quote by Neil Leckman: May fireworks fill your heart and independence be your way of life. with background image:

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

--Neil Leckman
quote by Seth Moulton: The thing about veterans, they know how to challenge the establishment. They're not afraid to take on the people in control. They're not af… with background image:

The thing about veterans, they know how to challenge the establishment. They're not afraid to take on the people in control. They're not afraid to put people over politics or over their political party.

--Seth Moulton






quote by Tucker Elliot: My dad once told me that his biggest challenge after returning from Vietnam had been coming to terms with his own callousness. He'd made a … with background image:

My dad once told me that his biggest challenge after returning from Vietnam had been coming to terms with his own callousness. He'd made a deal with the war and traded his humanity for a ticket home.

--Tucker Elliot
quote by Unkown: For the veteran, thank you for bravely doing what you're called to do so we can safely do what we're free to do. with background image:

For the veteran, thank you for bravely doing what you're called to do so we can safely do what we're free to do.

--Unkown


quote by Napoléon Bonaparte: When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes. with background image:

When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes.

--Napoléon Bonaparte
quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt: We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees. with background image:

We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.

--Franklin D. Roosevelt
quote by Henry Ward Beecher: Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language? Are they dead that yet act? Are they dead that yet mo… with background image:

Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language? Are they dead that yet act? Are they dead that yet move upon society and inspire the people with nobler motives and more heroic patriotism?

--Henry Ward Beecher

quote by Abraham Lincoln: 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 … with background image:

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
quote by Publius Cornelius Tacitus: In valor there is hope. with background image:

In valor there is hope.

--Publius Cornelius Tacitus
quote by Steve Jobs: One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are. with background image:

One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are.

--Steve Jobs
quote by Henry Waxman: The sanctity of our battlefields, monuments, and veterans institutions is of utmost importance to preserve military history and pay respect… with background image:

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
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