Veterans Day Quotes: 23 Beautiful Sayings To Celebrate Our Heroes

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Veterans Day is an official United States federal holiday that is observed annually on November 11. Lou Oates/ Shutterstock.

The United States will honor its veterans this November 11, bringing a great sense of pride to the country by celebrating the brave heroes who continue to fight for the freedom of our nation. Here’s how it all began: Veterans Day was called "Armistice Day."

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed this day as the first commemoration with the following words, "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn 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."

We’ve put together some quotes to remind us of the solemnity of this day, and most importantly, to celebrate our heroes.

“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

“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

“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

“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.” – Mark Twain

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

"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

“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.” – Jennifer Granholm

“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

“​The only war is the war you fought in. Every veteran knows that.” – Allan Keller

“​In valor there is hope.” – Publius Cornelius Tacitus

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

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

“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

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

“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

“History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.” – Ronald Reagan

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

“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

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

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

“Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Perfect valor is to behave, without witnesses, as one would act were all the world watching.” – Francois de la Rochefoucauld

"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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Maria G. Valdez

Maria was born and raised in Dominican Republic, where she began her career in journalism covering human interest stories, entertainment, beauty and wellness for a national magazine. She moved to New York City to study Musical Theatre, but went back to journalism after graduating in an attempt of becoming the Latina Carrie Bradshaw. She has an unhealthy obsession with JLo and claims to be Sofia Vergara’s long-lost daughter, and has tried a crazy amount of treatments to keep looking young. She became a Zumba instructor for fun.

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