35 Veterans Day Quotes That Honor Those Who Served

Let us honor our veterans and give them the recognition they deserve with these Veterans Day quotes—not just on November 11, but every day.

Veterans Day is all about honoring our soldiers, both past and present, who have made sacrifices for our freedom—not to be confused with Memorial Day. Take a minute this holiday to give thanks to those who have served with these patriotic quotes from inspiring leaders. Many of us would not be where we are today without our soldiers, so what better way to honor them than with some Veterans Day quotes? And if you’re struggling with how to give thanks, try out some of these gratitude quotes that will remind you that giving thanks comes in all shapes and sizes.

“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

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

“The boys will all be mustered out, Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours.” —Wallace Bruce

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

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

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

“The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here [at Gettysburg], 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

“America without her soldiers would be like God without his angels.” —Claudia Pemberton

“We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.” —Francis A. Walker

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

“We don’t know them all, but we owe them all.” —Unknown

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

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

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.” —Mark Twain. Read more empowering courage quotes.

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

“Their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.” —Daniel Webster

“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

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

“There is nothing nobler than risking your life for your country.” —Nick Lampson

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

“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.” —Benjamin Disraeli

“A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.” —Bob Dylan

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“Fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor.” —Michael N. Castle

“It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” —Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.

If these Veterans Day quotes have you inspired, try some of these strength quotes that will give you that little boost of confidence.

“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

“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it… it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” —Unknown

“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

“My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place.” —Sidney Sheldon

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

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

“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

“The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree.” —Thomas Campbell

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

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

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” —Winston Churchill 

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