"A veteran - whether active duty, retired, National Guard or Reserve - is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America", for an amount "up to, and including my life". That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it." Author unknown

 

"To be a veteran is to be a part of a special fraternity. We've been through basic training, we've worn the uniform, we've proven our willingness to sacrifice, and if need be, to lay down our life, for our nation and freedom.  To be a veteran is to wear a badge of courage." Kentucky Air National Guard Brig Gen Steven Bullard at an Oldham County American Legion Post 39 Veterans Day program

 

"I contend that American Warriors are the ultimate lovers of peace. They are lovers of peace even more so than the citizen exercising their first amendment constitutional right on the capitol grounds demanding peace now. I contend that American Warriors are the ultimate lovers of peace, because when they volunteer or volunteered, they take a vow on their life to ensure the peace. They vow to insure the peace for you and me. May we ALWAYS have such lovers of peace." US Coast Guard CDR Gerald Nauert at an Oldham County American Legion Post 39 Veterans Day program

 

"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation." George Washington

 

"Every day we work to move our civilization to the point when peaceful solutions are invoked in the place of armed conflict. Even when we reach that ultimate goal, this Memorial, and other such remembrances, will serve as reminders of the sacrifices made to get us to that point. It will ensure that these chapters in our nation’s history are not forgotten, and that the struggle to live in a peaceful, free world did not come without heavy sacrifice." Hal Heiner at the dedication of the Middletown, KY Vietnam Memorial

 

It is the VETERAN, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.                                               It is the VETERAN, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.                                             It is the VETERAN, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.                                                       It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.                                                                                                                                                      It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.                                                It is the VETERAN, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.                                                    It is the VETERAN, who salutes the Flag.                                                                                                    It is the VETERAN, who serves under the Flag.                                                                                    ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.            Author unknown

 

"If we desire peace, one of the most powerful institutions of our rising posterity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war." George Washington*

"To be a veteran is to be part of a special fraternity. We’ve been through basic training, we’ve worn the uniform, we’ve proven our willingness to sacrifice, and if need be, to lay down our life, for our nation and freedom. To be a veteran is to wear a badge of courage." Kentucky Air National Guard Brig Gen Steven Bullard

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war is worse." John Stuart Mill from The Contest in America, 1862

 

"The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten." President Calvin Coolidge*

 

"For those who fight for it, life has a special flavor the protected will never know." Unknown defender of Khe Sanh in Vietnam*

 

"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

 

"We've got to continue to find ways to honor our 25 million veterans that have served our country with such honor and distinction." Zack Wamp

 

"Today let us also remember the brave soldiers who died for our freedom and our veterans who selflessly stood in harm's way to guard our freedoms." Michael N. Castle

 

"And when they have done their job, America must look after and honor its veterans." Adam Schiff

 

"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." Judd Gregg

 

"We view our Nation's strength and security as a trust, upon which rests the hope of free men everywhere." Dwight D. Eisenhower*

 

"The sacrifices made by veterans and their willingness to fight in defense of our nation merit our deep respect and praise - and to the best in benefits and medical care." Sue Kelly

 

". . . the soldier above all other people prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war." General Douglas MacArthur* 

 

"Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hanged." President Abraham Lincoln

 

"War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." John Stuart Mill

 

May we teach this next generation about the courage that was found on the beaches of Normandy or the unbroken spirit that extended across the waters from the islands of the Philippines to Korea and Vietnam all the way to the middle eastern lands of Iraq and Afghanistan where the call was extended and our sons and daughters responded by simply lighting the torch of freedom and spreading that light throughout the nations of the world in a way that we pray will never, ever be extinguished especially as you Almighty God, bless America" From a Veterans Day Prayer by Reverend Robin Jennings at an Oldham County American Legion Post 39 Veterans Day program.


*From "Call to Arms" by Army COL (Ret) Larry L. Arnett

 

 

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