Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
While only one day of the year is dedicated solely to honoring our veterans, Americans must never forget the sacrifices that many of our fellow countrymen have made to defend our country and protect our freedoms.
It is unacceptable that disabled veterans in Illinois rank at the bottom of the list when it comes to disability pay. We owe our disabled veterans more than speeches, parades and monuments.
Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.
We can't equate spending on veterans with spending on defense. Our strength is not just in the size of our defense budget, but in the size of our hearts, in the size of our gratitude for their sacrifice. And that's not just measured in words or gestures.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
The most persistent sound which reverberates through man's history is the beating of war drums.
Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?
America's Veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world.
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.
It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
Twenty-five million veterans are living among us today. These men and women selflessly set aside their civilian lives to put on the uniform and serve us.
The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.
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.
Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
You'd have to go a long way to find someone who was more proud and grateful for what our veterans have done for all of us.
While we can never truly repay the debt we owe our heroes, the least we should do for our brave veterans is to ensure that the government takes a proactive approach to delivering the services and benefits they have earned, so they can access the care they need and so richly deserve.
America's veterans deserve the very best health care because they've earned it.
Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.
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