On Wednesday, Americans will honor the people who have served in the United States’ armed forces with Veterans Day.
While it’s important to thank those who served the country and remember those who gave their lives for it, Veterans Day is important in observing the sacrifices that those who join the military make.
Here are 15 quotes to celebrate Veterans Day and thank those who have served.
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”-Elmer Davis
“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.”-Alexander Hamilton
“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
“The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they’re protecting us.”-Tom Clancy
“Spending time with America’s soldiers is always inspiring.”-John Boehner
“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
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”-Ronald Reagan
“Because all of us believe and understand in the fabric of the common bond of why we call ourselves American is to care for the men and women who wear the uniform; and when they take off the uniform, we care for them when they are veterans.”-Steve Buyer
“Our veterans who fall on hard times and find themselves without a home deserve more than just handwringing or kind words. They deserve real help that gets them back on their feet.”-Michelle Obama
“We owe it to all our veterans to make sure they have a chance to achieve the American Dream, just like the rest of us.”-Tammy Duckworth
“The best of our nation is exemplified by our nation’s veterans who embody what it means to put service above self. Who have sacrificed their own personal interests out of a greater love for our people and our country.”-Tulsi Gabbard
“There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.”-Jimmy Doolittle
“America without her Soldiers would be like God without His angels.”-Claudia Pemberton
“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
“While we can never truly repay the debt we owe our heroes, the least we should do for our brave veterans is to ensure that the government takes a proactive approach to delivering the services and benefits they have earned, so they can access the care they need and so richly deserve.”-Kirsten Gillibrand