Veterans Day

Veterans Day is the day we, citizens of the United States of America, honor those whom have served our country. I present a handful of quotes. They were not chosen because of the speaker or writer, they were chosen for the words. So on this day let us remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Respect the men and women who have worn and who continue to wear the uniform and serve the United States of America

“Veterans Day is not about the hawk nor the dove. Neither is it about right or left, liberal or conservative, republican or democrat. Most definitely, it is not about politics nor politicians. November 11th is about — Veterans. Let us praise them. Let us honor them. Let us never, forget them.”
—Joe Leonardi, U.S. Navy Veteran

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“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 veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation.” — George Washington

“No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.
— Ronald Reagan

In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. ~Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935

“A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good
enough to be given a square deal afterwards.

More than that no man is entitled, and less than that no man shall have.”
Theodore Roosevelt, Speech to veterans, Springfield, IL, July 4, 1903

“Heroism is latent in every human soul – However humble or unknown, they (the veterans) have renounced what are accounted pleasures and cheerfully undertaken all the self-denials – privations, toils, dangers, sufferings, sicknesses, mutilations, life-”
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier.
And, our soldiers don’t just give freedom abroad, they preserve it for us here at home.
For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest.
It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protester the freedom he abuses to burn that flag.
— Senator Zell Miller of Georgia

In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.
~José Narosky

I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot. ~Gary Hart

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire
to live taking the form of readiness to die.
~G.K. Chesterton

[Mr. President, how did you become a war hero?]
It was absolutely involuntary. They sank my boat.

John F. Kennedy

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  1. markalbertini

    I joined the Marine Corps in April 1978 and served four years. I had just turned 17 on February 24, 1978. I do not say the following words because I am a Vet; I say them because I believe they need to be said. Today, Veteran’s Day 2007, I attended a ceremony at the National Cemetery in Chattanooga, TN. Two of the speakers were Rep. Zach Wamp and Sen. Bob Corker. Neither one volunteered to serve our country in the military. I respect and honor the office these individuals hold, but I am concerned about our well-being and fortitude as a Nation. I am concerned there are not enough Vets being elected to serve. The truth is, the only thing a Vet respects in hearing another talk about Vets is if the speaker is a Vet himself. It is an incredible dishonor to the Vets of America to think a 1 hr. ceremony once a year does justice to the price so many have been willing to pay. Jesus said no greater love has a man for his neighbor then to give his life. Vets love their friend (country) more then any other citizen. A politician can talk until all attendees are blue in the face about how much he honors Vets, but if he hasn’t served, there is no connection of commitment. Furthermore, these politicians fail to understand the real effects of war. War can rape the hope inside a man and his family. “Since the elimination of the draft in 1973, the number of U.S. citizens serving in the military has dwindled to about 1 percent of the total population. Fewer veterans hold high political office, meaning few politicians who authorize and manage wars have a personal connection to the troops they send into combat. Less than a third of members of Congress served in the military, a steep drop from the early 1970s, when three-fourths of its members were veterans. Military service was once viewed as a prerequisite for those running for the presidency: 31 of the 42 presidents were veterans, according to the Washington Post.”(http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071104/FRONTPAGE/711040301) I encourage Voters to seriously look at the Vets in this election and vote for them as long as they are pretty good on the issues. I myself will not vote for a Vet who supports unfettered abortion. If America continues to avoid Vets for public office, we will likely find ourselves with fewer men willing to fight because there will be no warriors to follow. America may indeed need to reinstate the draft to secure our freedom.

  2. Mark,

    Thank you for you service to our country.

    Very well articulated, thought provoking and enlightening article.

    My father was in the Battle of the Bulge. He never spoke of the bad times, only the good.

  3. Joe,

    Thank you for the great post and for serving our country!

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