To add to our thanks for America's veterans past and present, we'll share quotes -- 13 of them (surprise!) -- about servicemen and bravery.
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2. "Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace." -- Ulysses S. Grant
3. "The most important qualification of a soldier is fortitude under fatigue and privation. Courage is only second. Hardship, poverty and want are the best school for a soldier."-- Napoleon Bonaparte
4. "If anyone, then, asks me the meaning of our flag, I say to him, it means just what Concord and Lexington meant; what Bunker Hill meant . In short, the rising up of a valiant young people against an old tyranny to establish the most momentous doctrine the world has ever known -- the right of men to their own selves and to their liberties." --Henry Ward Beecher
5. "I regard myself as a soldier, though a soldier of peace." -- Gandhi
6. "Go forward without fear. " -- Abraham Lincoln
7. "I would not fear a pack of lions led by a sheep, but I would always fear a flock of sheep led by a lion." -- Alexander the Great
8. "We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing our liberty." -- George Washington
9. "Nobody ever drowned in sweat." -- U.S. Marine saying
10. "In war, there are no unwounded soldiers. " -- José Narosky
11. "I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its stupidity." -- General Eisenhower
12. "You don’t get very far in life without having to be brave an awful lot. Because we all have our frightening moments and difficult trials and we don’t have much of a choice but to get through ‘em ... It takes a lot of bravery to do that. The most important thing about bravery is this: It’s not about not being scared – it’s about being scared and doing it anyway – that’s bravery." -- singer Ysabella Brave
13. '"For without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men have lived." --John F. Kennedy
I hope this Memorial Day that we’ll all take the time to remember soldiers, sailors and airmen, present and past, who have gifted us with freedom.
Do you know a serviceman you’d like to thank? Tell us about him or her. Or share an inspiring quote. I'd love to hear from you.