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Quotations for Armed Forces Day,
Military Appreciation, and
Support Our Troops Sentiments

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In this epoch of ours, many of us are watching with a distressed heart the evidence of a flight from freedom. Most people take liberty for granted, when they enjoy it, and do not realize that they have to relentlessly fight for preserving it. ~Author unknown, c. 1964

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. ~Dick Cheney

Our country will remain "the land of the free" only so long as it is "the home of the brave." ~Public Service Magazine, 1945

First, freedom is never free; in fact, it has always been bought at great cost, whether on the battlefield, in the legislative assembly, in the law courts, in the schoolroom, or in synagogues, temples or churches. Also, it is never self-perpetuating, but has had to be rewon again and again... ~Author unknown, 1960s

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she‑roes! ~Maya Angelou

Serving alongside our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen, our Nation's military families give of themselves and give up their time with their loved ones so we may live safely and freely.... On Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we honor the spouses of those who have left behind everything they know and love to join our Nation's unbroken chain of patriots.... Let us celebrate these selfless individuals by supporting them and upholding our everlasting commitment to stand beside them and their families. ~Barack Obama, 2016 May 5th, quoted from The White House Office of the Press Secretary  [celebrated on the Friday before Mother's Day each May —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Lord, let War's tempest cease,
Fold the whole Earth in peace
      Under thy wings!
Make all Thy nations one,
All hearts beneath the sun...
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, "Our Fathers' Land," 1860

The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree.  ~Thomas Campbell

Better than honor and glory, and History's iron pen,
Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.
~Richard Watson Gilder

The stern hand of fate has scourged us to an elevation where we can see the great everlasting things that matter for a nation; the great peaks of honour we had forgotten - duty and patriotism, clad in glittering white; the great pinnacle of sacrifice pointing like a rugged finger to heaven.  ~David Lloyd George

And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword.  Ready to do what a hero can.  ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

In war there are no unwounded soldiers. ~José Narosky, Si Todos Los Tiempos: Aforismos, 1977  [“En las guerras no hay soldado sin heridas.” —tg]

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep? ~George Canning (1770–1827), "The Pilot that Weather'd the Storm"

For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

[W]e take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. ~Cynthia Ozick

Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations, that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of a free and undivided Republic.  ~John A. Logan

How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, c.1596  [V, 1, Portia]  [D. W. Brogan, 1964: "shone like a good deed in a weary world" — David Seltzer, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 1971 film: "So shines a good deed in a weary world." —tg]

Where liberty dwells, there is my country.  ~Benjamin Franklin

He loves his country best who strives to make it best.  ~Robert G. Ingersoll

Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all!
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
~John Dickinson

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."
~Philip Freneau, stanzas occasioned by the departure of the British from Charleston, December 14, 1782

My God!  How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!  ~Thomas Jefferson

I can no other answer make but thanks,
And thanks; and ever thanks...
~William Shakespeare, Richard III, c.1592

...may the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own Country! ~Daniel Webster, 1832

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  ~William Arthur Ward

No one is useless in this world... who lightens the burden of it for any one else. ~Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend, 1865  [This anonymous greeting-card’ized version has been making the rounds since about 2008: "No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. Thank you." –tg]

Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone... ~G. B. Stern, Robert Louis Stevenson: The Man Who Wrote 'Treasure Island,' 1954

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.  ~James Allen

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