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.
Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look upon them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.
Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
The most persistent sound which reverberates through man's history is the beating of war drums.
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.
Have the courage to act instead of react.
There never was a good war or a bad revolution.
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.
America's veterans deserve the very best health care because they've earned it.
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.
It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.
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 the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
We make war that we may live in peace.
Unless one says goodbye to what one loves, and unless one travels to completely new territories, one can expect merely a long wearing away of oneself and an eventual extinction.
The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.
The most certain way of ensuring victory is to march briskly and in good order against the enemy, always endeavouring to gain ground.
When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?
The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding go out to meet it.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, Is their monument to-day, and for aye.
But fame is theirs - and future days
On pillar'd brass shall tell their praise;
Shall tell - when cold neglect is dead -
"These for their country fought and bled."
Lord, bid war's trumpet cease; Fold the whole earth in peace.
It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
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