Thoughts on Veterans Day

Scott Robertson, Managing Editor

Scott Robertson, Managing Editor

Compiled by Scott Robertson

As I am wont to do on special days, I am surrendering this space today to those who are much more thoughtful, brighter and more articulate than I am when it comes to addressing the meaning of the commemoration.

I will say only one thing: Veterans Day is like unto Memorial Day in that we rightly honor those who gave all for our country. And yet in many ways this day is more. For we also honor those once referred to as the hidden heroes. We honor those who have served and are with us still. We thank you for your service to our great nation.

The following, then, is presented on behalf of all here at News & Neighbor with profound admiration and gratitude to those who have served our country and preserved our liberty – every citizen who has donned the uniform of this nation. May God bless you and may God bless America.


This country has been blessed with citizens who have taken their civic responsibility seriously and have taken up arms and marched to the sound of the guns whenever and wherever the rights of man have been threatened. These citizen soldiers were not seeking personal gain or even fame. Their country called and they answered. Theirs was a simple, patriotic response. They recognized their duty and acted accordingly. Those who survived, and are represented here today, returned home convinced they had done something worthwhile, something to make this world a better place to live. They served in the cause of freedom for all mankind. And for them, that was enough.

– Colin Powell


Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: Jesus Christ and the American soldier.

– Anonymous


What I can do for my country, I am willing to do.

– Christopher Gadsden


In the end, the only way to maintain the peace is to be prepared in the final extreme to fight for our country – and to mean it.

– John Fitzgerald Kennedy


The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten.

– Calvin Coolidge


The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree.

– Thomas Campbell


No really great man ever thought himself so.

– Anonymous


Strong men are made by opposition. Like kites they rise against the wind.

– Frank Harris


There is always room for a man of force, and he makes room for many.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


Some say, “Any fool can make war,” without realizing that they are explaining the reason why wise men arm themselves.

– Anonymous


We few, we happy few, we band of brothers:/

For he today that sheds his blood with me/

Shall be my brother.

– William Shakespeare


On this day, we also thank those who returned with the memory of war’s desolation, some with physical pain which they will always bear. They, perhaps more than others, are determined to build a wiser world.

– Jimmy Carter


Liberty’s in every blow! Let us do or die!

– Robert Burns


The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.

– John Philpot Curran


A ‘Special Day’ once a year creates an excuse for neglect on the other 364 days for mothers, fathers and veterans.

– Kamil Ali


Oh hear us when we cry to thee for those in peril on the sea.

– The Navy Hymn: Eternal Father Strong to Save


I do not know what effect these men will have on the enemy, but, by God, they terrify me!

– The Duke of Wellington


We must be constantly prepared for the worst and constantly acting for the best…strong enough to win a war and wise enough to prevent one.

– Lyndon B. Johnson


Give us the tools and we will finish the job.

– Winston Churchill


The true character of liberty is independence, maintained by force.

– Voltaire


Duty is the grandest of ideas, because it implies the idea of God, of the soul, of liberty, of responsibility, of immortality.

– Lacondaire


They gave up everything for our country, for us, and all we can do is remember.

– Ronald Reagan


As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

– Kennedy



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