Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veterans Day - Honoring All Who Served

Veterans Day 2012
Veterans Day 2012
The US Veterans Affairs website presents a brief history of Veterans Day explaining its origins as Armistice Day at the conclusion of WWI to its rededication as Veterans Day in 1954. The VA website also has a nice gallery of current and past Veterans Day posters going back to 1978.

And not long ago, HuffPost published their 15 best Veterans Day quotes which are reposted below. These quotes are characterized by their thoughtfulness, not only in recognizing the valor of those who sacrificed for their country, but also the horror of war and the hope of peace that fills everyone's hearts.

1.  "Freedom is never free."  ~Author Unknown
2.  "How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!"  ~Maya Angelou
3.  "When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?"  ~George Canning
4.  "Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die."  ~G.K. Chesterton
5.  "This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."  ~Elmer Davis
6.  "But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, Is their monument to-day, and for aye."  ~Thomas Dunn English
7.  "I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot."  ~Gary Hart
8.  "Lord, bid war's trumpet cease; Fold the whole earth in peace."  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
9.  "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
10. "The most persistent sound which reverberates through men's history is the beating of war drums."  ~Arthur Koestler
11. "I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, 'Mother, what was war?'"  ~Eve Merriam
12. "Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul."  ~Michel de Montaigne
13. "In war, there are no unwounded soldiers."  ~Jose Narosky
14. "We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude."  ~Cynthia Ozick
15. "The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war."  ~Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

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