Our Veterans Day quotes and captions recognize the people who made many sacrifices to serve our country.
Not to be confused with Memorial Day, Veterans Day is celebrated every year on November 11. Veterans Day celebrates the veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, while Memorial Day honors those who have died while in service.
When is Veterans Day?
We celebrate Veterans Day on November 11 every year. This year, Veterans Day falls on Thursday, November 11, 2021.
Quotes to Honor our Veterans
Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.
Michel de Montaigne
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
There is nothing nobler than risking your life for your country.
It’s about how we treat our veterans every single day of the year. It’s about making sure they have the care they need and the benefits that they’ve earned when they come home. And, it’s about serving all of you as well as you’ve served the United States of America.
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our Heroes and She-roes!
To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.
Good Veterans Day Sayings
Many of these Veterans Day quotes will inspire you.
When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?
Michel de Montaigne
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.
America’s Veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world.
In order to ensure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
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.
America’s trying to do the best for its veterans.
R. Lee Ermey
We owe our World War II veterans – and all our veterans – a debt we can never fully repay.
Check out these military and thank you for your service certificates.
Courageous Veterans Day Quotes
Our veterans accepted the responsibility to defend America and uphold our values when duty called.
The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.
Well, look at what people are doing for returned veterans now. The wounded warriors. They’re working hard to make the wounded veterans feel that they are loved and welcomed home, unlike Vietnam. It was not a very kind, gentle world then. I think we are kinder and gentler.
Without heroes, we are plain people and don’t know how far we can go.
We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.
There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty that makes human nature rise above itself in acts of bravery and heroism.
Honoring all who served.
We don’t know them all, but we owe them all!
It takes a hero to be one of those men who go into battle.
For all that you did, for all we could not do, thank you!
There are no words to thank our veterans for their selfless service.
All gave some, and some gave all!
Heroes are not born. Heroes are made!
Thank you for your service.
Freedom is not free.
To all veterans, two words but a whole lot of gratitude: Thank You!
Go through the frequently asked questions and facts below for more information about veterans and Veterans Day.
Who are veterans?
Veterans served in the military, including Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and US Army, during war or peacetime.
When was Veterans Day established?
The Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the Day WW1 ended. Later, in 1938, Veterans Day became a national holiday. It is meant to pay tribute to American veterans, particularly ones who served the US during war or peacetime.
How do people celebrate Veterans Day?
One of the best ways to celebrate Veterans Day is by giving military-themed gifts to the veterans in your life. These gifts can include especially-designed pens, wooden US flags, or bottle openers.
Veterans can enjoy Veterans Day restaurant deals like free dinners by Chili’s, Applebee’s, and California Pizza Kitchens. Breakfast specials are also offered at Golden Corral restaurants.
You can also help out a veteran by hiring them as an employee or at leadership positions. Or, you can offer discounts to veterans in your area.
Finally, you can send some cookies to the veterans currently serving abroad. This can be done through Operation Cookies, which veterans operated to send delicious, home-baked cookies to homesick military personnel.
Facts About Veterans Day
There are around 21 million veterans in the US, representing almost 6.5% of the population.
During peace, the US military provides disaster relief and humanitarian aid at home as well as abroad.
American veterans have served in various minor military conflicts and twelve significant wars.
The US, France, Canada, Britain, and Australia celebrate veterans of WW1 and WW2 on or around November 11.
26 American Presidents have been veterans.
Out of the total 16 million US soldiers who served in WW1, almost 558,000 are still alive.
The greatest relief effort in the history of the US was during Hurricane Katrina, which employed nearly 70,000 troops.
In Great Britain, Commonwealth countries, and Europe, it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. on November 11.
See Veterans Affairs site.
Every Memorial Day and Veterans Day, Arlington National Cemetery conducts an annual memorial service. This cemetery is home to graves of more than 400,000 people, a lot of which are veterans.
The largest cohort of male veterans served during the Vietnam War period. Conversely, the largest living cohort of female veterans served during the period after 9/11.
In 2017, there were over 1.9 million female veterans in the United States.
The states with the largest veteran population are California (1.6 million), Texas (1.46 million), and Florida (1.44 million).
In 2019, over 11.7 veterans were over 65, accounting for more than 61% of all US veterans.
From 1971 to 1977, the Uniform Holiday Bill came into effect. This bill moved Veterans Day from a set date on November 11 to being celebrated on Monday. As a result, this allowed Federal employees to have a three-day weekend.
By Andy Atticus
Andy writes about history, politics, and current events.
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