Veterans Day was officially named a federal US holiday in 1919 and continues to be celebrated on November 11th each year, regardless of what day of the week it falls on. November 11th was chosen because this was the day that the fighting of World War I stopped at long last.
The holiday is meant to be a day of thanks for those that served their country and reflection for the nation as a whole. Continue reading below for a few inspirational and reflective Veterans Day Quotes.
Veterans Day vs. Memorial Day
Before we dive into the inspirational and reflective quotes below, we wanted to take a minute to explain the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Many confuse the reasons and meaning between these two.
Veterans Day is a holiday to celebrate and honor every person who has served in the military or fought for our freedoms. This includes those who laid down their lives for those freedoms, as well as those who made it home.
On the other hand, Memorial Day is specifically meant to honor our fallen heroes. This includes those who lost their lives in war and those that succumbed to their wounds later.
Veterans Day is the perfect day to thank those you know who served in the armed forces. Memorial Day is a good time to spend a moment in reflection about what price was paid for us to have our freedoms.
Inspirational Veterans Day Quotes
The following Veterans Day Quotes are inspirational messages about the brave men and women who fought for our country. They can (and do) serve to show us what a true hero is.
"There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism."
"The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him."
"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."
"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"
"The highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one's country."
-George S. Patton, Jr.
"It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle."
-Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.
"Spending time with America's soldiers is always inspiring."
"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!"
"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."
"Peace has victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"America without her soldiers would be like God without his angels."
Reflective Veterans Day Quotes
The following Veterans Day Quotes are reflective. They make us think about the true price of freedom, and those who paid that price by fighting for our country.
"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."
"Caring for veterans shouldn't be a partisan issue. It should be an American one."
"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."
"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
"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
"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."
"The patriot's blood is the seed of freedom's tree."
"We don't know them all, but we owe them all."
"Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude."
-Harry S. Truman
"Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay. But we can honor their sacrifice, and we must."
"American's veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded more than 229 years ago."
"This is a day we remember the toil, of the blood and the battle on far distant soil. Lest we forget - lest our memories should fade, 'twas our boys that we lost, 'twas a high price they paid."
"When the peace treaty is signed, the war isn't over for the veterans or their families. It's just starting."
"The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war."
Tell Us Your Favorite Quotes About Veterans Day
Happy Veterans Day to everyone who bravely served our country!
Which Veterans Day quotes were your favorite? Let us know in the comments below. In the meantime, if you're looking for high-quality clothing from a brand that supports crucial issues like the high rates of veteran suicides, check out our store today.